As of January 2010, Dulymus “Deuce” McAllister announced his retirement from the New Orleans Saints. Deuce was drafted as a running back for the Saints in 2001. Anyone who has had the opportunity to meet this young man will probably say, “There is more to Deuce than meets the eye.” He is not only a record-holding running back (the first Saint to have twenty-two 100-yard games, and the first to rush over 1,000 yards in 3 straight seasons) but also a business-minded, caring and giving individual. On February 7, 2010, the New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl XLIV and therefore, Deuce was a recipient of a Super Bowl Ring.
Deuce founded the Catch 22 Foundation in 2002. This foundation has been a blessing to many children and families. The motto for the foundation is: “Dedicated to enhancing the lives of under-privileged youth in the Gulf South Region.” The foundation provides meals to families at Thanksgiving, provides school supplies as well as school uniforms, sponsors Christmas shopping trips for children, etc. De’Shundra McAllister is the director for the Catch 22 Foundation www.catch22foundation.org
On July 9, 2010, the Catch 22 Foundation celebrated Deuce’s retirement at the Jackson Convention Center in Jackson, MS. Many people showed up to support Deuce. The people who were selected to speak about Deuce only had great things to say about this young man. This came as no surprise to me because he is someone I have known all of his life. He is one of my younger cousins and I have seen his energy and his drive in early childhood. I have watched him basically fly over 2-3 seats at a time on the bus when he was in kindergarten. I wasn’t sure what he was going to do with all of his energy, but I am so grateful that God was in the plan. God blessed him with an intangible ability to play football, to be respectful, to have compassion for people, and to be a giver to those in need. Deuce may have retired from the Saints but he is definitely not a sit down kind of guy. He has a restaurant (Mac and Bones) in Pearl, MS. He also invested in the renovation and re-opening of the King Edwards Hotel in Jackson, MS. We congratulate you, Deuce, on your retirement and on all of your accomplishments.
By: Sandra Lott