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Will Allen

Allen with the Dolphins in 2009
No. 25     Miami Dolphins
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: August 5, 1978 (1978-08-05) (age 31)
Place of birth: Syracuse, New York
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Debuted in 2001 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     463
Sacks     5.0
INT     13
Stats at NFL.com

Will D. Allen (born August 5, 1978 in Syracuse, New York) is an American football cornerback in the National Football League currently playing for the Miami Dolphins.

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High school

Allen attended Corcoran High School in his hometown of Syracuse, New York, where he excelled in football and track. He only played two years of varsity football, both at cornerback, but he managed to collect a career total of 17 interceptions, including a school-record 11 as a senior. In addition, he also played wide receiver as a senior, catching 23 passes for 460 yards, a 20-yard average per-reception. He helped lead his team to consecutive 10-1 seasons. He was awarded first-team All-New York State and All-Central New York honors as a senior in 1995, and was a first-team all-conference cornerback in both seasons. His high school selected him as Athlete of the Year for 1995-96. Allen placed third in New York State with a 10.5 second time in the 100-meter dash in his senior year.

College

Opting to remain in his hometown, Allen accepted an athletic scholarship to play football for the Syracuse University Orangemen. After redshirting as a freshman in the 1996 season, Allen proved to be an outstanding cornerback and kickoff returner, playing in 43 games with 28 starts, including 28 starts in 31 games played over his final three seasons. He is regarded as one of the fastest players to ever play for Syracuse, and recorded a 4.29 second time in the 40-yard dash.

NFL career

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New York Giants

Allen was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft, where he played for his first five seasons from 2001-2005. After the 2005 season, the Giants opted to sign free agent Sam Madison rather than re-sign Allen to a new contract. Though Allen was capable of maintaining good position, he struggled to make interceptions (four interceptions after his rookie season).

Miami Dolphins

On March 19, 2006, Will signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. Though he has struggled to consistently produce interceptions he has made the reputation for being one of the best cover corners in the secondary. As of week 17 of the 2008 NFL season Will Allen recorded 3 interceptions, the second of which he returned for what would be his first career defensive touchdown in a win by the Dolphins over the Denver Broncos. His final interception of the season came against the Buffalo Bills in Week 14 in a win by the Dolphins.

On May 26, 2009, Dolphins signed Will Allen to a $16.2 million extension through 2011. The deal includes $10 million guaranteed.

In Week 6 in a game versus the New Orleans Saints, Allen injured his knee during the game. After the game it was announced that Allen tore his ACL and was put on injured reserve.

Allen was arrested Feb. 20, 2010 and charged with driving under the influence when he was stopped in a late-model Ferrari at 3:30 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Street and Alton Road, said Miami Beach police spokesman Detective Juan Sanchez.

According to the arrest report, Allen approached a police roadblock and instead of following the detour, he kept driving toward a police car, stopping only two feet from it.

The report said Allen then revved his engine.


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