Biggs: Deuce makes retirement official

Deuce McAllister’s return to the New Orleans Saints may have been brief, but it was inspirational and he’ll cherish it.

The running back has announced his retirement from football, according to the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, four days after the Saints signed him to the 53-man roster for the team’s divisional round playoff game with the Arizona Cardinals. The plan was to carry McAllister the rest of the way through the playoffs, but wide receiver Robert Meachem is injured and his status for Sunday’s NFC title game with Minnesota is in question. New Orleans needs to sign a wideout.

“I was pretty well content and ready to retire before all this came up,” McAllister told the Clarion-Ledger. “I have to be real with myself. I don’t know that I could come back with my knees the way they are. I don’t know if I would need another surgery.”

McAllister didn’t play in the 45-14 crushing of the Cardinals, he was inactive, but he led the team onto the field at the Superdome.

“It was definitely a special night,” he said. “To be part of that and to be received by Saints fans the way I was is something I will always remember and be able to replay for the rest of my life.”

McAllister, who was placed on the reserve/retired list, leaves the game as the Saints’ all-time leading rusher.

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