JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Saints' march toward Super Bowl LIII begins Sunday when they host the defending Super Bowl champion, Philadelphia Eagles, inside the SuperDome. They have homefield advantage as the top seed in the NFC and according to Deuce McAllister, they’ll be hard to beat inside the Dome.
“Having the possibility of hosting two more games in New Orleans with those fans, could be pretty special,” McAllister said in an exclusive one-on-one interview with WLBT.
The Saints finished 13-3 in another record-breaking season for quarterback Drew Brees. Running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combine for a formidable two-headed monster in the backfield and the sometimes maligned black and gold defense is much improved this year, giving the Saints a realistic shot to win it all, according to McAllister.
“It’s going to come down to health,” said McAllister. “If they’re healthy, then it gives them a shot and then you’ve got to go out and execute. I think they have the right pieces in place. Last year has got them to this point in terms of fueling and making sure how hard and what it takes to get to this point. So I think they have just as good a shot as anybody else.”
McAllister owns a Super Bowl ring from the Saints 2009 team, the only Super Bowl championship in franchise history. Though he was a part of the team, McAllister didn’t play in the Super Bowl -- it’s a mix of joy and disappointment he’s had to wrestle with.
“At some point, you have to just be ok with it,” says McAllister.
Instead, McAllister focused on doing anything he could to help the team,
“I would have loved to play in that actual game, but I was still able to make my mark off of the field.”
McAllister remains close to the team, now working as an analyst for the Saints radio broadcasts. He also appears weekly during the season on the local Fox affiliate in New Orleans.