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Marcus Allen
Marcus Allen.jpg
Allen on July 13, 2008 at a Golf Tournament.
Position(s)
Running back
Jersey #(s)
32
Born March 26, 1960 (1960-03-26) (age 49)
San Diego, California
Career information
Year(s) 19821997
NFL Draft 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
College Southern California
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing Yards 12,243
Average 4.1
Touchdowns 123
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960 in San Diego, California) is a former American football player, and until recently affiliated with CBS as a game analyst. As a professional, Allen ran for 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes for 5,412 yards during his career for both the Los Angeles Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs from 1982 to 1997. He scored 145 touchdowns including a then league record 123 rushing touchdowns and was elected to six Pro Bowls when he retired. He was also a fairly good passer for a running back, completing 12 of 27 passes for 285 yards and 6 touchdowns, with only 1 interception. Allen was the first player ever to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards during his career.

Allen is considered as one of the greatest goal line and short-yardage runners in National Football League history.[1] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. His younger brother, Damon Allen, played quarterback for 23 seasons in the Canadian Football League and is Pro football's all-time leader in passing yards.

Allen is a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy.[2]

High school & college He played football at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego, California where he played the quarterback and safety positions.

Allen played running back at the University of Southern California from 1978 to 1981.He was recruited as a defensive back, but Head Coach John Robinson switched him to tailback. [3] He spent his first season at USC as a backup to Heisman Trophy winning running back Charles White. In 1979, he was moved to fullback. In 1980, he became a starter at tailback and rushed for 1,563 yards, the second most in the nation that year. Then in 1981, Allen had one of the most spectacular seasons in NCAA history. He rushed for 2,342 yards, becoming the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season.[3] He also gained a total of 2,683 offensive yards, led the nation in scoring, and won the Heisman Trophy,the Maxwell Award,and Walter Camp Award and was also the Pac-10 player of the year. Allen shares the NCAA record for most 200-yard rushing games with Ricky Williams and Ron Dayne at twelve games.

USC has retired his jersey number (#33), and coach John Robinson called Allen "The greatest player I ever saw". December 14, 2006, Marcus Allen hosted the USC Football Awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

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NFL career

Allen was drafted as the tenth overall pick on the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders.[3] In his rookie season in 1982, he rushed for 697 yards as he led the Raiders to the best record in the AFC with a strike-shortened 8-1 record and was elected as NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.[3] The Raiders would lose to the New York Jets in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

The next season, Marcus rushed for over 1,500 yards for the first time; he would do so again in 1984 and 1985.[3] That season, he rushed for 1,759 yards and scored 28 touchdowns on 380 carries as he led the Raiders to a 12-4 record and the AFC West Title and was named the NFL MVP.[3] During that time, he also caught 290 receptions for 3 years running (1983-85).[3]

Allen is best remembered for his heroics in Super Bowl XVIII. He ran for 191 yards, caught 2 passes for 18 yards, and scored 2 touchdowns in the Raiders 38-9 victory over the Washington Redskins.[3] This included a 74-yard touchdown run,[3] a record that was the longest run in Super Bowl history, until Super Bowl XL when it was broken by Willie Parker, by a single yard. His 191 rushing yards were also a Super Bowl record, which stood until Timmy Smith of the Redskins topped it with 204 yards in Super Bowl XXII. After the game he would join an elite group of players to win the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP (Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, Desmond Howard). Moreover, Allen put together one of the greatest postseasons by a NFL running back. On January 1, 1984 Allen put up 13 carried for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers. One week later, Allen rushed 25 times for 154 yards and scored 6 times on a reception. In the Super Bowl Allen added 191 more rushing yards to his playoff totals. In total, Allen rushed 58 times for 466 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also added 118 yards and 1 touchdown on 14 receptions.[4]

Marcus Allen with Yeoman 2nd Class Katherine Ward introduce Aretha Franklin during a concert in tribute to U.S. military members on the National Mall, September 4, 2003

A stormy relationship with Al Davis developed, stemming from a contract dispute where Davis referred to Allen as a cancer to the team and flirted with many rookie players off the field. [5] He also missed most of the 1989 season with a knee injury. Allen ended up relegated to back up duty in his final three seasons with the Raiders. At one time, falling to fourth on the depth chart.[6] Allen's strained relationship with Al Davis reached an all time low in December 1992. During halftime of the Raiders-Dolphins game on Monday Night Football, a taped interview with Al Michaels was broadcast with Allen stating that Davis "told me he was going to get me."

Allen further stated "I think he's (Davis) tried to ruin the latter part of my career, tried to devalue me. He's trying to stop me from going to the Hall of Fame. They don't want me to play."[7]

He left Los Angeles to join the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993, that year he rushed for only 764 yards, but scored 12 touchdowns[3] leading the AFC,[8] as he and Joe Montana led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game and was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year that season. Allen went on to play for the Chiefs for four more seasons, leading the team in rushing every year but his last. Allen's main contribution to the Chiefs was his leadership. The Chiefs won more games than any other NFL team during his tenure in Kansas City. Allen made many contributions to charitable causes off the field in Kansas City. He also hosted his own talk show on Sunday mornings before Chiefs games. Allen retired after 1997 season.[3] In 1999, he was ranked number 72 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. Marcus Allen was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

In 1999, Allen was also inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing surface.[1]

In August 2005, Allen and CBS Sports parted ways. The network began to diminish Allen's role over the last few years. Allen currently works for the NFL Network and he contributes to the football section of realgm.com.

In 2008, Marcus Allen joined as a spokesman for a sports website OPENSports.com, the brainchild of Mike Levy founder and former CEO of CBS Sportsline.com. Allen used to write an NFL blog and occasionally answers members' questions for OPEN Sports.[9]

NFL Records:

  • Consecutive seasons with multiple touchdowns: 16(tied with Irving Fryar)
  • Consecutive seasons with a rushing touchdown: 16
  • Consecutive seasons with multiple rushing touchdowns: 16

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.jsp?player_id=15. Retrieved May 11, 2009.  
  2. ^ "Academy Members". Laureus. Laureus. http://www.laureus.com/academy/members?id=1157. Retrieved May 11, 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Jensen, Jeffry (2002) [1992]. Dawson, Dawn P. ed. Great Athletes. 1 (Revised ed.). Salem Press. pp. 42–45. ISBN 1-58765-008-8.  
  4. ^ "Marcus Allen Game Logs". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/A/AlleMa00_playoffs.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2009.  
  5. ^ Gay, Nancy (August 4, 2003). "Raiders Notebook: Classy Allen has the last word on his day". SFGate. Hearst Communications. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/08/04/SP304723.DTL. Retrieved May 11, 2009.  
  6. ^ "Allen relegated to back up duty". Football.com. Football.com. http://www.football.com/nfl/oaklandraiders/history.html. Retrieved August 19, 2008.  
  7. ^ "Pro Football: Raiders' Allen Irked at Davis". The New York Times. December 15, 1992. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/15/sports/pro-football-raiders-allen-irked-at-davis.html. Retrieved May 11, 2009.  
  8. ^ "Marcus Allen". HickokSports.com. Ralph Hickok. February 18, 2009. http://www.hickoksports.com/biograph/allenmar.shtml. Retrieved May 11, 2009.  
  9. ^ "Marcus Allen". OPEN Sports. OPEN Sports Network. http://www.opensports.com/marcusallen. Retrieved May 11, 2009.  

References

  • Marcus: The Autobiography of Marcus Allen with Carlton Stowers (October 1998)
  • Road to Canton by Marcus Allen (July 2003)
  • Strength of the Heart: Marcus Allen's Life's Little Playbooks

External links

Preceded by
George Rogers
Heisman Trophy Winner
1981
Succeeded by
Herschel Walker
Preceded by
George Rogers
AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
1982
Succeeded by
Eric Dickerson
Preceded by
John Riggins
NFL Super Bowl MVPs
Super Bowl XVIII, 1984
Succeeded by
Joe Montana
Preceded by
Dan Marino
AP NFL Most Valuable Player
1985 season
Succeeded by
Lawrence Taylor
Preceded by
Randall Cunningham
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
1993
Succeeded by
Dan Marino
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