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QBREES9 08-29-2012 12:38 PM

Ex-Saint Deuce McAllister set to assist Gulf region in Hurricane Isaac's wake like he did after Katrina
 
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The caller from the Gulf Coast stared Hurricane Isaac in the eye and refused to blink, bracing himself for an unsettling day ahead.
"It's raining pretty hard, and it's blowing pretty fierce," Deuce McAllister said late Tuesday night as he hunkered down inside a Gulfport, Miss., hotel lobby. "It's a big storm. But believe me, I've seen worse."

For a second or two, McAllister and I allowed ourselves an ironic chuckle at the absurdity of his understatement. Seven years ago, when he was a star running back for the Saints and I was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, we spent two days in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina touring evacuation shelters in Mississippi and bearing vivid and surreal witness to the flooded devastation of New Orleans.

That was how we met experiencing the worst natural disaster in U.S. history with up-close-and-personal clarity and in the years since neither of us has come close to forgetting the destruction, displacement and emotion we encountered amid the wreckage. It takes only a few, sentence-fragment-length prompts to stir the memories: The shell-shocked survivors squatting irrationally in otherwise abandoned high-rises above the floodwaters; the evacuee-laced airport scene McAllister likened to "Hotel Rwanda"; the large truck on the interstate speeding toward downtown New Orleans loaded up with coffins.



Ex-Saint Deuce McAllister set to assist Gulf region in Hurricane Isaac's wake like he did after Katrina - Yahoo! Sports

Rugby Saint II 08-29-2012 12:46 PM

Re: Ex-Saint Deuce McAllister set to assist Gulf region in Hurricane Isaac's wake like he did after Katrina
 
Deuce is a life long Saint.

Luda34 08-29-2012 05:12 PM

Re: Ex-Saint Deuce McAllister set to assist Gulf region in Hurricane Isaac's wake like he did after Katrina
 
That's good to hear from a great person

Halo 08-29-2012 05:44 PM

Re: Ex-Saint Deuce McAllister set to assist Gulf region in Hurricane Isaac's wake like he did after Katrina
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rugby Saint II (Post 432486)
Deuce is a life long Saint.

Agreed. I never think of him as an "ex-saint" as he retired a Saint and with a Superbowl ring.

We'll NEVER say Drew is an "ex-Saint" when he retires!!!

neugey 08-29-2012 06:40 PM

Re: Ex-Saint Deuce McAllister set to assist Gulf region in Hurricane Isaac's wake like he did after Katrina
 
I just looked it up ... the only Saints still on the roster from the 2005 season are Will Smith and Devery Henderson. Props to those guys too.

Utah_Saint 08-29-2012 09:32 PM

Re: Ex-Saint Deuce McAllister set to assist Gulf region in Hurricane Isaac's wake like he did after Katrina
 
Deuce's the man!

QBREES9 08-29-2012 10:50 PM

Re: Ex-Saint Deuce McAllister set to assist Gulf region in Hurricane Isaac's wake like he did after Katrina
 
Deuce is a great human being. A Saint forever.


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