New Orleans Saints tailback Deuce McAllister plans to announce retirement
Posted on Jan 20, 2010 in Local Issues, Sports
By Mike Triplett, The Times-Picayune
January 19, 2010, 3:09PM
After making a brief and inspirational return with the New Orleans Saints last week, tailback Deuce McAllister is planning to announce his retirement today.
md saints cardinal_295.jpgMichael DeMocker/The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans Saints’ Deuce McAllister is going to announce his retirement today.Apparently the Saints needed his roster spot to sign a receiver because of the uncertainty of Robert Meachem’s ankle injury. So McAllister decided that last week’s cameo with the Saints would be a good note to end his career on.
“If I get another shot (in the future), then so be it. But even before all this occurred, I was leaning toward retiring anyway,” McAllister said. “I was hoping to play again, but I may need another surgery on my knee if I go that direction, and I don’t want to do that.”
McAllister, 31, said it was tough for him to be so close to the action when he rejoined the Saints as an inactive member of the roster and team captain. But it was also nice for him to see how highly the Saints though of him.
“I’m pretty content. I’m satisfied,” McAllister said. “Obviously you’ll always get the itch to want to play again, but I’m pretty content with it.”
He said he’ll still be with the team this week and serve as a guest captain again on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. After that, he plans to stay involved with the organization in some capacity that will be decided later.
Probably not as a coach, though. He joked that he’s not ready to log that many hours at the office.