CLINTON, Miss. — Former Mississippi College and New Orleans Saints running back Fred McAfee was named to the 2015 Class of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday.
The Philadelphia, Mississippi, native is a 1991 graduate of Mississippi College and is currently serving as the director of player development for the Saints.
McAfee began his career at Mississippi College in 1987 and is the school’s career leader in rushing yards (4,416), attempts (811) and touchdowns (38). He helped lead the Choctaws to Gulf South Conference championships in 1988 and 1990 and a trip to the Division II national championship game in 1989, a game the Choctaws won 3-0 over Jacksonville State.
In 1990, McAfee rushed for a school record, 1,583 yards with 17 touchdowns as the Choctaws won their third overall GSC title. McAfee earned All-American honors and finished third in the Harlon Hill Trophy voting, honoring the top Division II player in the nation. In 2011, he was elected into the NCAA Division II College Football Hall of Fame.
McAfee played 16 seasons (1991-2006) in the NFL for the Saints, Cardinals, Steelers and Buccaneers. He played in 194 games in his career, including 122 contests in two stints with New Orleans. Picked by the Saints in the sixth round of the 1991 NFL draft, he played for three of the club’s five division champion teams and has been affiliated with the team for all five, including the 2009 Super Bowl XLIV champions.
McAfee first played for the Saints from 1991-93, leading New Orleans in rushing as a rookie with a career-high 494 yards. That season, the Saints won their first NFC West title. After a seven-game stint with the Cardinals in 1994, he was signed by the Steelers later that season and stayed until 1997, serving as special teams captain for two years.
He rejoined the Saints in 2000 and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2002 for his special teams play. His final game was the 2006 finale against Carolina, and one of the final carries of his career was a 6-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter.