On January 22nd 1984, Allen set an NFL rushing record with 191 yards (then the most in Super Bowl XVIII). Additionally, he caught two passes for 18 yards as the Raiders defeated Washington Redskins 38-9 to advance to Super Bowl XVIII and win it 38-9 against them. It would prove one of his most memorable NFL victories.
Allen found success on the football field but was plagued with difficulties off it.
Early Life and Education
Allen established himself as one of the greatest running backs in NFL history during a 16-year career that spanned from college football through to professional. He scored an astounding total of 123 rushing touchdowns while breaking numerous records along the way.
Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego offered him an education and later on at USC; during college he gained national attention as the first NCAA player ever to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season.
Allen made headlines during the 1982 season, which was cut short due to a players’ strike, by being an outstanding performer for his Raiders team despite team owner Al Davis criticizing him as being selfish in taking all of the attention away from other players. Davis believed he was taking too much credit from others by being so prominent himself.
Allen earned 12,243 rushing yards and 5,411 receiving yards during his 16 seasons in the National Football League, scoring 145 touchdowns – four Pro Bowl selections were honored, making him one of the league’s premier goal line and short-yardage runners.
He was selected tenth in the 1982 National Football League Draft, and spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Raiders before also playing for Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions. Allen amassed 36 200-yard rushing games during his career – two-time All-American status; son of Shawn and Latonya Allen who attended Prosper High School in Texas before playing Arena Football League alongside brother Davon Allen.
Achievement and Honors
In 1982, Allen was selected 10th overall by the Los Angeles Raiders with their 10th overall draft pick. Though his rookie season was cut short due to a league strike, Allen managed to run for 697 yards during that short season and win an NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Allen led the NFL in rushing touchdowns and yards gained during 1984 season, leading the league in both categories but causing friction with Al Davis’ Raiders team and owner. Allen began spending time at Nicole Simpson’s Brentwood estate as well as daytime talk shows, prompting speculation that they may have an affair.
By 1985, injuries and distractions began to impede Allen’s career; although he played seven more seasons after 1985 he never again reached his previous level of performance.
Allen excelled as an academic, attending San Diego’s Lincoln High School from 1975-1978 where he lettered in baseball, basketball, track and football – earning letters in each sport! At first he wanted to play quarterback but decided on running back after witnessing USC’s past Heisman Trophy winners’ success.
In 1985, he enjoyed his best year in the NFL and earned first-team All-Pro honors from Associated Press, Pro Football Writers of America, Newspaper Enterprise Association and United Press International – in addition to winning the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Allen married Kathryn Edwards from 1989 until they divorced in 2001 and currently resides on Addison Drive in Selma, AL. Additionally, he participates in charitable works with Laureus World Sports Academy and Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Allen has amassed an impressive net worth thanks to his stellar playing career and smart financial investments. Currently he works as a football analyst for CBS and averages an annual salary of approximately $70,334.
Allen amassed 12,243 yards during his 16-season NFL career, scoring 144 touchdowns while mostly playing with the Los Angeles Raiders – winning Super Bowl XVIII twice and receiving an NFL MVP Award in 1985.
Allen has taken great strides with his wealth and success to make a positive difference through philanthropy. He supports various community charities and children’s centers, showing his dedication to making a difference in people’s lives. At the same time, however, Allen remains relatively low-profile when it comes to his personal life; protecting both their privacy and that of his family in Los Angeles where he currently resides.