One of my all time favorite Saints player is Deuce McAlister. McAllister was drafted by the Saints in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He became the starting running back after Ricky Williams was traded. He went on to rush for over 1,000 yards in three straight seasons (a first in Saints’ history). He ranks first in team record books with 5,586 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns and is first with 22 100-yard games, including a franchise-record nine straight contests in 2003. McAllister is the only Saints’ running back to be voted to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons. I still remember in the Saints first ever NFC Championship game McAllister rushed for 143 yards on 21 carries and a TD and also caught a TD pass in a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. McAllister accomplished all this even while sharing the backfield with the Saints first round pick Reggie Bush. On February 17, 2009 the Saints eventually released McAllister after 8 years due to salary cap issues. After sitting out the entire 2009 regular season, McAllister was re-signed by the Saints on January 15, 2010 just one day before their divisional round playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals, to serve as the honorary captain. Although he did not play, McAllister was on the Saints’ roster when they defeated the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, and was also given a championship ring. After 2009 McAllister retired as the best running back New Orleans Saints have in their franchise .