Marcus Allen

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Marcus Allen
Date of birth March 26, 1960
Place of birth San Diego, CA
Position(s) Running back
College Southern California
NFL Draft 1982 / Round 1/ Pick 10
Career Highlights
Pro Bowls 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986,
1987, 1993
Awards 1981 Heisman Trophy
1982 NFL ROY
1982 NFL Offensive ROY
1984 Super Bowl MVP
1985 NFL Offensive POY
1993 NFL Comeback POY
Honours College Football HOF
Records Los Angeles Raiders
Career Rushing Yards
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Los Angeles Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs
College Hall-of-Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2003

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 5,411 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. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. He is the older brother of Damon Allen, who plays in the Canadian Football League.

High school career

He played football at Lincoln Senior High School in San Diego where he played the quarterback and defensive back positions.

College career

Allen played running back at the University of Southern California from 1978-1981. He spent his first 2 seasons at USC as a backup to Heisman Trophy winning running back Charles White. In 1980, he became a starter 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 frist player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season. He also gained a total of 2,683 offensive yards, led the nation in scoring, and won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Trophy, 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, with twelve games reaching the bicentennial mark.

USC has retired his jersey number (#33), and coach John Robinson called Allen "The greatest player I ever saw" .

While being interviewed by Byron Allen, Ronnie Lott said that he and Marcus Allen would not have graduated from college without cheating with the help of Byron Allen

NFL career

Allen was drafted as the tenth overall pick on the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders. 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-shortned 8-1 record and was elected as NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Raiders would lose to the New York Jets in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

The next season, Marcus rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time, he would do that again in 1984 and 1985. That season, he rushed for 1,759 yards and scored 11 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. During that time, he also caught 60 or more receptions for 3 years running (1983-85).

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. This included a 74-yard touchdown run, 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.

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
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

After a stormy relationship with Al Davis including missing most of the 1989 season with a knee injury, he left Los Angeles to join the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993, that year he rushed for only 764 yards, but scored 12 touchdowns leading the AFC , 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 abilities. 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. In 1999, he was ranked number 72 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

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.

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