Back in the early 2000s, Saints running back Deuce McAllister was an absolute beast. He was a first-round fantasy football pick, averaging more than 1,300 yards a season from 2002 to 2004.

Now he’s out of football but probably still loves the game and, apparently, is interested in joining a fantasy football league. He even applied to play with a bunch of Saints fans who are Mississippi graduates — where Deuce went to college — and the members of “The Dudes Fantasy League” in Jackson, Miss., well … they said no.

In fact, they didn’t just say no they wrote him a letter telling him no in the most respectful way possible.

The league pointed out there are “no openings in an already far-too-deep (16-team) league” and noted all of Deuce’s qualifications, including his being “one of the most influential and beloved athletes to ever attend the University of Mississippi” and being “the greatest running back in the history of the New Orleans Saints” as well as “starring at Morton High School” under a coach who is friends to people in the league.

However, Deuce couldn’t net the 12 owners required to gain membership. Apparently it wasn’t about his football knowledge so much as it was about his “perceived schedule” and “concern for the commitments that would befall upon you as the newly-named color analyst for New Orleans Saints radio broadcasts.”

The letter was sent by John Lassiter, who serves as Chairman of the Review Committee for Prospective Ownership” and cc’d to the commissioner and all owners.

Deuce will appeal.

Source: CBS Sports / LOOK: A fantasy league denies Deuce McCallister with a two-page letter