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July 27, 2013

Cowboys’ Larry Allen was big, strong, fast, and now headed to the Hall of Fame

Cowboys guard Larry Allen will be inducted in the Hall of Fame on Saturday

When Dallas Cowboys guard Larry Allen is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, don’t expect a long speech.

Allen isn’t much for words.

His oldest daughter, Jayla, is helping him with the Hall of Fame speech, and he promised former Cowboys running back and fellow Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith that he will talk for at least 10 minutes.

But what is left for Allen to say?

He had a dominant career that included 11 Pro Bowls and had those in the NFL gushing about his power, strength and athleticism.

Consider Hall of Fame coach and legendary broadcaster John Madden, a noted booster of the “big uglies” who had an up-close and personnel view of so many games during Allen’s time with the Cowboys.

“He had everything,” Madden said. “I mean, first of all you look what he did. Did he dominate? Yes, he dominated. There was no one that he couldn’t handle, or no situation that he couldn’t handle. He was big and strong and fast. When you say strong, he may have been the strongest guy who ever played. If you were to have a game and you were going to choose up sides and you weren’t sure exactly what the game was or the rules were, boxing or wrestling or football, you’d choose Larry Allen. I’d take Larry Allen on my side.

“I think Larry Allen was the best guard during the time he played, but I think he’s one of the best ever. … I’d put Larry Allen right up there against John Hannah. I know John Hannah. ... Larry Allen is the real deal.”

Allen said he had a simple philosophy when he was playing.

“I just wanted to make the other guy give up,” he said.

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