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Marcus Allen
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Allen in July 2008
No. 32
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1960-03-26) March 26, 1960 (age 62)
San Diego, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Lincoln (San Diego, California)
College:USC (1978–1981)
NFL Draft:1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:12,243
Yards per carry:4.1
Rushing touchdowns:123
Receiving yards:5,411
Receiving touchdowns:21
Player stats at · PFR

Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960) is a former American football running back, analyst and actor who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons, primarily with the Los Angeles Raiders. Considered one of the greatest goal line and short-yard runners in NFL history,[1] he was selected 10th overall by the Raiders in the 1982 NFL Draft, following a successful college football career at USC. He was a member of the Raiders for 11 seasons and spent his last five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

During his professional career, Allen ran for 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes for 5,412 yards. He also scored 145 touchdowns, including a then-league-record 123 rushing touchdowns, and was elected to six Pro Bowls. While with the Raiders, he helped the team win Super Bowl XVIII. He was the first NFL player to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards during his career. Allen has the distinction of being the only player to have won the Heisman Trophy, an NCAA national championship, the Super Bowl, and be named NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP.[2] He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

High school

Allen played football at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego, California, where he played the quarterback and safety positions. Watching Allen in the 1977 CIF Title game against Kearny High School (San Diego, California), one saw the emergence of a superstar. Allen led the Lincoln team to a 34-6 victory, scoring five touchdowns, including one after intercepting a pass. Allen rushed for 195 yards.[3]


Allen played running back with the University of Southern California (USC) from 1978 to 1981. He was recruited as a safety, but head coach John Robinson switched him to tailback.[4] As a freshman in 1978, Allen was a member of the Trojans' National Championship team (as recognized by the coaches poll), playing as a backup to eventual Heisman Trophy winning running back Charles White.[2]

In 1979, he was moved to fullback. Eventually, in 1980, Allen became the starter at tailback and rushed for 1,563 yards, the third-most in the nation that year (behind George Rogers of S. Carolina - 1,781 yards and Herschel Walker of Georgia - 1,616). In 1981, Allen rushed for 2,342 yards, becoming only the second player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season,[citation needed] passing the 2,000-yard mark in a win at Cal. 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. He 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, each completing the feat twelve times.

Allen finished his four college seasons with 4,664 rushing yards, 5,232 total yards, and 46 touchdowns, while averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

USC has retired his jersey #33.


Allen's stats for the USC Trojans
Season Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1978 31 171 5.5 17 1
1979 105 606 5.8 38 8 20 273 13.7 34 0
1980 354 1,563 4.4 45 14 30 231 7.7 19 0
1981 403 2,342 5.8 74 22 29 217 7.5 50 1
Totals[5] 893 4,682 5.2 74 45 79 721 9.1 50 1

Professional football career

Allen led the Raiders to a championship in Super Bowl XVIII and earned MVP honors as he rushed for a record of 191 yards, including a memorable 74-yard touchdown run.[6]
Allen led the Raiders to a championship in Super Bowl XVIII and earned MVP honors as he rushed for a record of 191 yards, including a memorable 74-yard touchdown run.[6]

Allen was drafted with the 10th overall selection of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders.[4] Allen was pleased that he didn't have to travel as the team had just relocated from Oakland. Allen has recalled that shortly before being drafted the Raiders asked him his weight (he answered 200 or 212) and then drafted him soon after. Though his rookie season was shortened by a league strike, Allen rushed for 697 yards and led the Raiders to the best record in the AFC at 8-1. He was voted the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.[4] The Raiders lost to the New York Jets in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

The next season, Allen broke the 1,000-yard mark for the first time, an accomplishment he would repeat the two following years.[4] During the 1985 season, he rushed for 1,759 yards and scored 11 touchdowns on 380 carries, leading the Raiders to a 12-4 record and the AFC West Division Championship. In addition, Allen was named the NFL MVP.[4]

In Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984, Allen ran for 191 yards, caught two passes for 18 yards, and scored two touchdowns in the Raiders' 38–9 victory over the Washington Redskins.[4] Included in his stats was a 74-yard touchdown run,[4] a feat that remained the longest run in Super Bowl history until Willie Parker's 75-yard run in Super Bowl XL. Allen's 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. Upon winning the game, Allen joined a small group of players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP (Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, and later Desmond Howard).[citation needed] In total, Allen rushed 58 times for 466 yards and four touchdowns during the playoffs. He also added 118 yards and one touchdown on 14 receptions.[7]

Allen playing for the Raiders in 1984 where he rushed for 1,168 yards, scored 18 touchdowns and led the Raiders to their third consecutive playoff appearance.
Allen playing for the Raiders in 1984 where he rushed for 1,168 yards, scored 18 touchdowns and led the Raiders to their third consecutive playoff appearance.

Allen ended the 1985 season on a strong note, finishing the year as the NFL rushing leader with 9 consecutive 100-yard games.

From 1987 through 1990, Allen shared the backfield with Bo Jackson. Initially, Allen was commended for his gracious nature and team spirit for sharing the spotlight during the prime of his career.[8] In later seasons with the Raiders, Allen had a stormy relationship with owner Al Davis stemming from a contract dispute; Davis referred to Allen as a "cancer to the team."[9] He also missed most of the 1989 season with a knee injury. Allen was relegated to back-up duty in his final three seasons with the Raiders and, at one time, fell to fourth on the depth chart.[10] Allen's strained relationship with Davis reached an all-time low in December 1992. During halftime of the Raiders-Dolphins game on Monday Night Football, a taped interview between Al Michaels and Allen was broadcast in which Allen said that Davis "told me he was going to get me", adding, "I think he [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."[11]

Allen eventually left Los Angeles and joined the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. Although he only rushed for 764 yards that year, he scored 12 touchdowns,[4] leading the AFC,[12] as he and Joe Montana led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game. Allen scored touchdowns in both Chiefs playoff games that year, and was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association. With the retirement of Eric Dickerson in 1993, Allen became the active leader in career rushing yards, a position he maintained until being passed by Barry Sanders in Game 1 of 1997. Allen went on to play for the Chiefs for four more seasons, leading the team in rushing every year but his last.

Allen retired after the 1997 season.[4] In 1999, he was ranked 72nd on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Allen was also inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

In 1999,[citation needed] Allen was also inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame.[13][14]

In 2008, Allen joined as a spokesman for the sports website, the brainchild of Mike Levy, founder and former CEO of CBS Allen wrote a blog and occasionally answered member questions for the company during this time.[when?][15]

NFL career statistics

Won the Super Bowl
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yards Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1982 LA 9 9 160 697 4.4 53 11 38 401 10.6 51 3
1983 LA 16 15 266 1,014 3.8 74 9 68 590 8.7 36 2
1984 LA 16 16 275 1,168 4.2 52 13 64 758 11.8 92 5
1985 LA 16 16 380 1,759 4.6 61 11 67 555 8.3 44 3
1986 LA 13 10 208 759 3.6 28 5 46 453 9.8 36 2
1987 LA 12 12 200 754 3.8 44 5 51 410 8.0 39 0
1988 LA 15 15 223 831 3.7 32 7 34 303 8.9 30 1
1989 LA 8 5 69 293 4.2 15 2 20 191 9.6 26 0
1990 LA 16 15 179 682 3.8 28 12 15 189 12.6 30 1
1991 LA 8 2 63 287 4.6 26 2 15 131 8.7 25 0
1992 LA 16 0 67 301 4.5 21 2 28 277 9.9 40 1
1993 KC 16 10 206 764 3.7 39 12 34 238 7.0 18 3
1994 KC 13 13 189 709 3.8 36 7 42 349 8.3 38 0
1995 KC 16 15 207 890 4.3 38 5 27 210 7.8 20 0
1996 KC 16 15 206 830 4.0 35 9 27 270 10.0 59 0
1997 KC 16 0 124 505 4.1 30 11 11 86 7.8 18 0
Career[16] 222 168 3,022 12,243 4.1 74 123 587 5,411 9.2 92 21

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
  • Oldest player to score 10+ touchdowns in a season: 37 years old

Personal life

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

In 1986, Allen met Kathryn Edwards and the two later got engaged.[17] They married in 1993 at O.J. Simpson's Rockingham estate, since Allen was friends with Simpson.[citation needed] Allen played the role of Rick Lambert in the sitcom 1st & Ten with Simpson in the mid-80’s. Allen and Edwards' engagement was mentioned in Faye Resnick's book, Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted, which was published during Simpson's murder trial. Resnick claimed Nicole Brown Simpson was having an affair with Allen and Edwards was aware of Allen's womanizing ways and if she knew of the affair she would have to call off the wedding.[18] The couple was asked to testify in the trial but fought the subpoena as they wanted to stay out of it.[19] The couple divorced in 2001.[20][21]

Allen is the older brother of Canadian Football Hall of Fame quarterback Damon Allen.[22]

See also


General 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

Inline citations

  1. ^ "Marcus Allen". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Can Newton be 2nd? -
  3. ^ San Diego Union-Tribune, February 3, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jensen, Jeffry (2002) [1992]. Dawson, Dawn P (ed.). Great Athletes. Vol. 1 (Revised ed.). Salem Press. pp. 42–45. ISBN 1-58765-008-8.
  5. ^ "1981 USC Trojans". Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Harvey, Harvey (2002). The Super Bowl's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Big-Game Heroes, Pigskin Zeroes, and Championship Oddities (1st ed.). Brassey's, Inc. p. 123. ISBN 9781612340289.
  7. ^ "Marcus Allen Game Logs". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  8. ^ "Archives". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Gay, Nancy (August 4, 2003). "Raiders Notebook: Classy Allen has the last word on his day". SFGate. Hearst Communications. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  10. ^ "Allen relegated to back up duty". Archived from the original on September 5, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2008.
  11. ^ "Pro Football: Raiders' Allen Irked at Davis". The New York Times. December 15, 1992. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  12. ^ "Marcus Allen". Ralph Hickok. February 18, 2009. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  13. ^ "LT TOPS BREITBARD HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015". San Diego Hall of Champions. 2015.
  14. ^ "We Are the Champions, of San Diego". San Diego Hal of Champions. September 18, 2014.
  15. ^ "Marcus Allen". OPEN Sports. OPEN Sports Network. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  16. ^ "Marcus Allen". Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  17. ^ "Erika Girardi and Kathryn Edwards Join The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills". Broadway World. November 5, 2016. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  18. ^ Segura, Megan (January 26, 2016). "A Deep Dive into the Kathryn vs. Faye Feud". Bravo. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  19. ^ Rosenfeld, Laura (February 24, 2016). "Does Kathryn Edwards Think O.J. Simpson Did It?". Bravo. The Daily Dish. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  20. ^ "Bravo Media Blings Back an All New Season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Premiering Tuesday, December 1 at 9PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic. November 5, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  21. ^ Weigle, Lauren (January 19, 2016). "Kathryn 'Kate' Edwards on 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'". Heavy. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  22. ^ Diamos, Jason (August 31, 2006). "Undiscovered Quarterback Is a Star Up North". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2021.

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