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FORMER SAINTS RB, OLE MISS ALUM DEUCE MCALLISTER AND FIVE-TIME NFL PRO BOWL AND FOUR-TIME NFL ALL-PRO HONOREE, TEXAS TECH ALUM WES WELKER TO SERVE AS HONORARY CAPTAINS AT ADVOCARE TEXAS KICKOFF GAME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

HOUSTON – Texas Tech University and University of Mississippi will have two of their most renowned alumni serve as honorary captains when the two schools face off in the 2018 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 1. Former Ole Miss running back Deuce McAllister and former Texas Tech wide receiver and running back Wes Welker will represent their schools at midfield prior to kickoff at 11 a.m. CT.

Deuce McAllister is the only player in the history of Ole Miss Football to record three seasons with over 1,000 all-purpose yards. He finished his college career as the programs leading rusher and touchdown scorer with 3,060 yards and 41 touchdowns. He was named to the All-Southeastern Conference twice in 1999 and 2000. During the 2001 Draft, McAllister was the 23rd over-all draft pick by the New Orleans Saints. He went on to rush for over 1,000 yards in three straight seasons for the Saints, which was a first in the history of the organization. Throughout his 10 years with the organization, two-time Pro Bowl selection played in 97 games, had 1,429 rush attempts for 6,096 yards, scored 55 touchdowns and completed 234 receptions for 1,720 yards. McAllister set the all-time rushing touchdown record for the Saints in 2008 and he holds the all-time New Orleans Saints record for most career rushing yards and touchdowns.

Wes Welker played college football at Texas Tech, where he totaled 259 receptions for 3,069 yards and 21 touchdowns. Welker also ran the ball 79 carries for 559 yards and two touchdowns. He started nearly every game as a Red Raider, left as a leading receiver in school history, was named first-team All-Big 12 in 2002 and ‘03 and was one of the top punt returners in NCAA history. In 2003, he was recognized for his talent and was honored with the Mosi Tatupu Award as the College Football Special Teams Player of the Year. Welker was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He also played for the Dolphins, Patriots, Broncos and the Rams. After six seasons in New England, Welker holds the second all-time receiving record for the Patriots, having been targeted 926 times with 672 receptions. He totaled 7,459 yards and 37 touchdowns and holds the fourth highest single-season reception totals in Patriots’ history. In week 7 in 2014 with the Broncos, Welker passed Rod Smith for the most receptions by an undrafted player in NFL history. During his 12 seasons in the NFL, Welker had three Super Bowl appearances, five consecutive NFL Pro Bowl honors and four NFL All-Pro honors. He finished with 903 receptions for 9,924 yards and 50 touchdowns.

Following is a detailed schedule of the events leading up to the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Game:

KARBACH HOPADILLO KICKOFF CRAWL, FRIDAY, AUG. 31

WHO:

The official kickoff event with school cheerleaders, mascots and college football legends participating in full night of activities along with a live broadcast on Sports Radio 610

WHEN:

7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. CT

WHERE:

Various midtown establishments starting at Front Porch Pub at 7 p.m. including Christian’s Tailgate, The Dogwood, Pub Fiction and Little Woodrow’s; fans must be age 21 and over to attend

             

KARBACH LOVE STREET TEXFEST, SATURDAY, SEPT. 1

WHO:

Musical Performance by Sam Riggs

WHEN:

 

8 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT

8:45 a.m. CT, Texas Tech Spirit Walk

9:00 a.m. CT, Ole Miss Spirit Walk

9:05 a.m. – 10:35 a.m., Sam Riggs

WHERE:

Bud Light Plaza and the South Entrances of NRG Stadium

 

Tickets are still available. Please note that the NFL Clear Bag Policy will be in effect. For more information, visit www.advocaretexaskickoff.com. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and heard locally on SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM).

 

CONTACTS:

Allie LeClair
(832) 667-2050
allie.leclair@houstontexans.com

Stephanie Ramsey
(832) 667-2035
stephanie.ramsey@houstontexans.com

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