Ranking every 1,000 yard rushing season in Saints history

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There have been 13 seasons that resulted in a New Orleans Saints ball-carrier rushing for 1,000 yards. Which Saints season was the most impressive though?

Recently we wrote a little ditty about how there's a chance the New Orleans Saints may have a 1,000 yard rusher for the first time since Mark Ingram back in 2017. With the uncertainty surrounding Alvin Kamara, coupled with the signing of Jamaal Williams, there's a good chance we may see the 14th 1,000 yard rushing season in the history of the Saints.

So far though we're stuck on unlucky number 13, and there's no doubt been a dark cloud of almost voodoo-level bad luck surrounding this franchise in recent years. Perhaps a 1,000 yard rusher could be just what the doctor ordered for this franchise.

After reflecting on it, we thought it would be fun to go back and explore each such season, and power rank each one. Of course, it won't just be in order of who had the most yards, because A) that's way too easy, and B) there are other variables at play here.

So without further ado, here is our power ranking of all 13 1,000 yard rushing season the Saints and their fans have enjoyed.

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#13 Saints 1,000 yard rushing season: Mark Ingram II - 2016

While Mark Ingram's 2016 season that saw him rush for 1,043 yards and six touchdowns isn't the lowest amount of yards in the bunch, it still ranks at the bottom of or list, for reasons that will hopefully make sense as we go.

2016 was the first of Ingram's back to back 1,000 yard campaigns, and was a sign of things to come as the Saints would go back to being a force to be reckoned with starting the next season.

#12 Saints 1,000 yard rushing season: Deuce McAllister - 2006

Deuce McAllister has the most 1,000 yard rushing seasons in the history of the franchise with four, and it's honestly a shame he doesn't get more credit historically around the league than he does.

You'll be seeing a lot of this bowling ball of a running back on our list, but the first time you see him represents the final time he eclipsed 1,000 yards, rushing for 1,057 yards and ten touchdowns.

#11 Saints 1,000 yard rushing season: Deuce McAllister - 2004

Don't say we didn't warn you. In 2004, the second-to-last time Deuce ran for over 1,000 yards, saw him rush for 1,074 yards and nine touchdowns.

While the difference between McAllister's 2004 and 2006 seasons isn't all that much from a yardage and touchdown perspective, (and he ran for more touchdown in 2006), what sets 2004 above for us is the fact that he scored more touchdowns in one less game. In 2004 McAllister played in 14 games, appeared to 15 in 2006.

Now for the top ten.