10 things you might not know about Larry Allen
1As a rookie, Allen was forced into the Cowboys’ lineup on Oct. 2, 1994, against Washington because starter Mark Tuinei suffered back spasms. Allen received a game ball for his play. The next week against Arizona, he earned his first NFL start, replacing Tuinei at left tackle. He returned to backup duty the following two weeks before replacing Erik Williams, who was lost for the season after a car accident, in the starting lineup for good.
2Allen attended four high schools before finishing at Vintage High School in Napa, Calif.
3Allen’s son, Larry Allen Jr., is an NCAA Division I football prospect at storied De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif.
4Allen was the first player drafted out of Sonoma State, an NCAA Division II school, when the Cowboys took him in the second round.
5Allen played every position on the offensive line except center during 12 seasons with Dallas.
6Allen’s childhood favorite player was Jackie Slater, who played with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
7Ben Hammond created the Hall of Fame bust for Allen.
8Allen wore jersey number 71 while with the San Francisco 49ers. He wore number 73 for 12 years while with the Cowboys
9Allen was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor on Nov. 6, 2011.
10Allen was voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.Sneak peak
After being voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Larry Allen requested a tour of the Canton, Ohio, facility. He got it and was impressed. “I did ask for a tour to see the history and see all the busts. It was a great experience,” Allen said. “I saw the Emmitt Smith exhibit. I saw the Roger Staubach and Bob Lilly exhibits.”Hall relics
Among the items Larry Allen donated to the Hall of Fame was the game ball for his role in the Dallas Cowboys’ 32-13 victory over Washington on Dec. 10, 2000. The team rushed for 242 yards in that game. Here are some other items Allen gave to the Hall of Fame: 1.
The helmet he wore while he was a two-time All-America at Sonoma State. 2.
The Dallas Cowboys jersey and shoulder pads he used during his rookie season in 1994. 3.
A watch he received for participating in the 2001 Pro Bowl. 4.
A trophy awarded to him by the NFL in honor of his eighth Pro Bowl selection in 2004.Hall presenters
Here’s a look at the past presenters of Cowboys in the Hall of Fame: Larry Allen
(2013): Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner Deion Sanders
(2011): Eugene Parker, agent Emmitt Smith
(2010): Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner Bob Hayes
(2009): Roger Staubach, former Cowboys quarterback Michael Irvin
(2007): Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner Troy Aikman
(2006): Norv Turner, former Cowboys assistant coach Rayfield Wright
(2006): L.J. “Stan” Lomax, former head coach at Fort Valley (Ga.) State University Mel Renfro
(1996): Tom Landry, former Cowboys head coach Tony Dorsett
(1994): Tom Landry, former Cowboys head coach Randy White
(1994): Ernie Stautner, former Cowboys defensive coordinator Tex Schramm
(1991): Pete Rozelle, former NFL
commissioner Tom Landry
(1990): Roger Staubach, former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach
Tom Landry, former Cowboys head coach Bob Lilly
Landry, former Cowboys
head coach’Boys in the Hall
Fourteen former Dallas Cowboys are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
|Member||Pos.||Inducted||Years in NFL|
Seven others in the Hall have ties to the Cowboys:
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013Larry Allen Position
: Guard/Tackle NFL
: 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys, 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers Notable
: Played every position on offensive line except center during 12 seasons with Dallas … Super Bowl XXX champion … Elected to 11 Pro Bowls … Named to NFL All-Decade Teams of 1990s and 2000s.Cris Carter Position
: Wide receiver NFL
: 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins Notable
: Recorded 1,000 receiving yards in a season eight consecutive years … Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s … Elected to eight Pro Bowls.Curley Culp Position
: Defensive Tackle NFL
: 1968-1974 Kansas City Chiefs, 1974-1980 Houston Oilers, 1980-81 Detroit Lions Notable:
Super Bowl IV champion with Kansas City … Elected to six Pro Bowls.Jonathan Ogden Position
: Tackle NFL
: 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens Notable
: Named All-Pro six times ... Voted to 11 Pro Bowls … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.Bill Parcells Position
: Coach NFL
: 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-1996 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys Notable
: In 1986 led Giants to 14-2 record and defeated Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI … In 1990 won second world championship with dramatic victory over Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV … Became first person to coach four different teams into the playoffs when his 10-6 Cowboys played in a 2003 wild-card game.Dave Robinson Position
: Linebacker NFL
: 1963-1972 Green Bay Packers, 1973-74 Washington Redskins Notable
: Elected to three Pro Bowls … Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s.Warren Sapp Position
: Defensive tackle NFL
: 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Oakland Raiders Notable
: Had four interceptions and two touchdown receptions … Elected to seven Pro Bowls … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1990s, 2000s.
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