Marcus Allen
All-American college football player, professional football player, running back, Heisman Trophy winner
Marcus Allen
Marcus LeMarr Allen is a former American football running back and football analyst for CBS. As a professional, Allen ran for 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes for 5,412 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 over the course of his career.
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Pac-12 and Southland basketball roundup: Stanford rallies past California, 73-68
LATimes - 10 days
Dorian Pickens scored 23 points, Reid Travis had 19 with nine rebounds and Stanford held on to beat California 73-68 on Friday night.  Marcus Allen added 11 points for the Cardinal, who overcame an early 12-point deficit to beat their cross-bay rivals for the 21st time in the last 24 meetings between...
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Should high school drop football over concussion concerns?
Fox News - 3 months
Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen weighs in on 'Fox & Friends' as his two former teams prepare to face off
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Rosco Allen's 25 Leads Stanford Past No. 11 Oregon 76-72
abc News - about 1 year
Michael Humphrey blocked a shot with 4 seconds remaining, Marcus Allen hit 2 free throws with 3 seconds left, and Rosco Allen matched his career-high with 25 points as Stanford upset No. 11 Oregon 76-72
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Stanford defeats DePaul 79-60
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Marcus Allen scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half, Dorian Pickens had 16 points, and Stanford beat DePaul 79-60 Tuesday night. Rosco Allen added 14 and Reid Travis chipped in 12 for the Cardinal (5-3), who won their third straight. Aaron Simpson scored 16 points to lead the Blue Demons...
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Success in Sauce: Former Raider Kenny King Cooks Up Family's Texas Recipe
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
There is an old saying that if you give a man a barbecue, you feed him for a single day. But if you teach a man how to barbecue, well, you feed him for the whole summer. Former NFL running back Kenny King hopes that at your next barbecue -- be it during summertime or otherwise -- his King's Q Sauce will be close at hand on the picnic or dinner table. "My King's Q Sauce is a work in progress," says King, 56. Though it comes from an old family recipe, I've been working on it seriously for about a year and a half, and I'm working on developing and marketing the brand. Here in Texas we are into barbecue, and I've got something that is quality and handmade. King's memories of barbecue are interspersed with those of his father, Walter King, a purveyor of fine barbecue, who proudly supplied a never-ending flow of delicious grilling. Barbecue is a passion for me. And it all started with a sauce my dad made years ago, in the small town of 2,000 people, in Clarendon, Texas. What ...
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Super Bowl Preview Part 2: Seattle Seahawks Offense vs. Denver Broncos Defense
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In the shadow of the NFL's biggest game, the Broncos defensive and Seahawks offensive players must feel like the forgotten stepchildren of Super Bowl hype. Outside of Seattle super-rusher Marshawn Lynch, impressive young QB Russell Wilson, Denver's new sensation DT Terrance Knighton and veteran Broncos CB Champ Bailey, many of these players are not well known. That is about to change. The Seattle offense's stats may pale in comparison to Denver's record-breaking numbers, with a mere 26.1 points per game in the playoffs. Yet, here they are in New York and the score is 0-0. The unit has averaged 339 total yards per game: 202.2 passing yards and136.8 rushing yards. The offense has achieved only 27 first downs compared to opponents 41, but the 'Hawks have a +3 turnover count. Denver's TO ratio is -2.* Hmmm. The rather maligned Denver D's playoff numbers include 24.9 points per game. Resurrecting themselves after multiple starter injuries, this squad gave up a total of 129 rushing yards ...
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Marcus Allen visits Trojans' final regular-season practice
LATimes - over 3 years
The Heisman-winning tailback returns to encourage players as they prepare for the regular-season finale against UCLA. Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen addressed USC players seven weeks ago, before they played for the first time under interim Coach Ed Orgeron .
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Marcus Allen, other ex-USC stars like what they see from Ed Orgeron
LATimes - over 3 years
Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen says interim Coach Ed Orgeron should get USC job. Ronnie Lott, Anthony Munoz give positive reviews too. Marcus Allen has seen enough. He's convinced.
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Trojans' Tre Madden evoking memories of Marcus Allen
LATimes - over 3 years
Tre Madden is the first USC back to open a season with three 100-yard rushing games since Marcus Allen did it in 1981. Allen is impressed with the third-year sophomore. Tre Madden is the first USC back to open a season with three 100-yard rushing games since Marcus Allen did it in 1981.     
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Arian Foster’s success grows from deep San Diego roots
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
It required a circuitous route through Knoxville, Tenn., then Houston, but Arian Foster finally will dig his cleats into the turf at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium on Monday night. “It’s my first time. I’m excited,” said Foster, who had a huge senior season at Mission Bay High School before getting a scholarship to the University of Tennessee. Foster’s Mission Bay Buccaneers lost in the semifinal round a decade ago, and only the San Diego city championship game was played at the home of the Chargers. But Foster starts for the Texans there Monday night in the 2013 season opener. He was never a Chargers fan as a teen, rooting for the Raiders instead. But he maintains strong ties to the town, having arrived before his junior year to live with father, Carl, a former University of New Mexico receiver, to try to find direction. He had left Albuquerque, N.M., where he was born and living with his mother Bernadette — and where trouble was starting to find him. Seeking discipline “There ...
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Marcel Reece silences his doubters
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Marcel Reece silences his doubters There were very few bright spots in Sunday's loss, but fullback Marcel Reece was one of them, as he loudly answered those who questioned the Raiders starting him at tailback the past two weeks. Reece rushed for 103 yards and had 90 yards receiving, nearly becoming the first Raider since Marcus Allen to have both 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. "Reece was a soldier, man," right tackle Khalif Barnes said. Reece, who's 6-foot-1, 255 pounds, had a career-high 19 carries for the 103 yards, and his 56-yard reception in the second quarter set up the Raiders' first score.
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Raiders' backstage drama
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Raiders' backstage drama There is never a shortage of contrived drama in the NFL, but sometimes the phony baloney gets upstaged by the real thing. Before the game, Marcus Allen strolled the Raiders' sideline, preparing for his pregame duty of lighting the ceremonial flame that honors the late Al Davis. Davis and Allen carried on one of football's great feuds, dating back to the team's Los Angeles days when the owner and running back had a falling-out that seemed to harden over time. On the Raiders' third play Sunday, Darren McFadden burst off the right side and sprinted 64 yards for a touchdown. The no-huddle offense, for one, because Pittsburgh has a super-sized defensive line, and the Raiders' O-line is quick and athletic and fit. Heyward-Bey, after long minutes during which a team of medical personnel attended to him in the end zone, was gently lifted onto a cart and wheeled off the field, lifting one arm to give a dramatic thumbs-up. Hagan, a journeyman ...
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Marcus Allen: An insider's view of football
LATimes - over 4 years
The Heisman Trophy winner and consummate professional football player has a lot to say about the state of the game. The college football season just kicked off, and L.A. still has to cheer for any pro team but its own. Running back Marcus Allen was a standout in college and the pros: a Heisman Trophy winner at USC, then a record-setter with the Kansas City Chiefs after a contentious but stellar stint with the L.A. Raiders, where his clash with team owner Al Davis was as epic as anything on the field. Now he figures large in a new "The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book," and as a CBS analyst, as well as a man with a lot to say about the state of the game.
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Fantasy Football Picks From the Pros
Wall Street Journal - over 4 years
Go inside the NFL's first-ever Fantasy Draft Week in New York City. Get expert advice on your fantasy team from Pro Football Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and Marcus Allen. Plus, NFL Fantasy Live host, Jason Smith, tells you who to draft this season.
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Homeless Pushed Toward Self-Sufficiency
Voice of America - over 4 years
PHILADELPHIA — Construction workers are still hammering nails in doors and paving the sidewalks outside an apartment complex in West Philadelphia. Although it is new, the 24-unit building is already at capacity. It's one of several owned by ACHIEVEability, a local nonprofit that offers affordable housing to single-parent families.   “Many families, when they come to our program, they’re in desperate situations," says Marcus Allen, ACHIEVEability's chief executive officer. ...
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NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen visits St. Louis
Fox 2 News - over 4 years
NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen was in St. Louis this past week for Marshall Faulk’s charity golf tournament. Fox 2′s Charlie Marlow talked to Allen about his NFL career, safety in the NFL and golf fashion for NFL retirees.
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Alan Thicke: Boomerology: BallBusters and MotherPutters: 'Why golfers are Lousy Lovers'
The Huffington Post - almost 5 years
It's that time of year to examine the most frustrating global obsession since the last frustrating global obsession. The U.S. Open and AT&T championships are upcoming and, glory be, it's Golf Season! The most common questions asked of golfers everywhere are: "Why do you do it?" "Are you really wearing that?" "When will you be home?" And the ever-insulting: "Is golf a sport?" To address the last first: If golf is not a sport, why can the world's best athletes not play it? Michael Jordan has a tournament that annually attracts your favorites from every discipline, including Drew Brees, Marcus Allen, Mike Piazza, Julius Erving, hockey's Hull, Lemieux, and Gretzky. Granted, these guys are better than most of us, but even they can't consistently beat a pro. Granted #2, some NFL/NBA/MLB/NHL studs have been so banged up on their primary field of endeavor that they now play with magnets on their elbows, knees, backs and shoulders. I don't know that this technology w ...
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Don't leave NFL Network out of the ridiculous TebowMania overhyping game
Awful Announcing - almost 5 years
Traditionally, it has been ESPN at the front of the Tim Tebow bandwagon.  This week, NFL Network came along and kicked Skip Bayless from out of the driver's seat with as transparent and gross of a ploy for ratings and buzz as you'll see from a network.  I love NFL Films, I grew up with all the bloopers VHS tapes and even have all the music downloaded in iTunes.  However, what NFL Films did with placing Tim Tebow in their Top 10 Heisman winners in the NFL for one of their Top 10 shows is ludicrous and has been rightly torn apart.  Here was their full list of "Heisman winners based on what they've accomplished in the NFL."  Keep in mind that's not my words, that's NFL.com's words to describe the list. 1. Barry Sanders 2. Roger Staubach 3. O.J. Simpson 4. Paul Hornung 5. Charles Woodson 6. Tony Dorsett 7. Tim Tebow 8. Earl Campbell 9. Marcus Allen 10. Cam Newton Tim Tebow, he of the one playoff appearance and 2,383 passing yards (and Cam Newton, he of the one NFL season and six c ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marcus Allen
    FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 47
    In 2008, Allen joined as a spokesman for the sports website OPENSports.com, the brainchild of Mike Levy, founder and former CEO of CBS Sportsline.com.
    More Details Hide Details Allen wrote a blog and occasionally answered member questions for the company during this time. NFL records:
  • 2001
    Age 40
    After eight years the couple got divorced, in 2001.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 38
    In 1999, Allen was also inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions, Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing surface.
    More Details Hide Details http://www.sdhoc.com/awards/hall-of-fame/football/marcus-allen/
    In 1999, he was ranked 72nd on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
    More Details Hide Details Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
  • 1997
    Age 36
    Allen retired after the 1997 season.
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  • 1993
    Age 32
    Allen eventually left Los Angeles and joined the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Although he only rushed for 764 yards that year, he scored 12 touchdowns, leading the AFC, as he and Joe Montana led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game. Allen scored touchdowns in both of the Chiefs playoff games that year, and was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Allen went on to play for the Chiefs for four more seasons, leading the team in rushing every year but his last.
  • 1992
    Age 31
    Allen's strained relationship with Davis reached an all-time low in December 1992.
    More Details Hide Details During halftime of the Raiders-Dolphins game on Monday Night Football, a taped interview between Al Michaels and Allen was broadcast, with Allen stating that Davis "told me he was going to get me." Allen further stated, "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."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 28
    He also missed most of the 1989 season with a knee injury.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1987
    Age 26
    From 1987 through 1990, Allen shared the backfield with Bo Jackson.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, Allen was commended for his gracious nature and team spirit for sharing the spotlight during the prime of his career http://articles.latimes.com/1987-12-04/sports/sp-17799_1_newest-star. In future seasons with the Raiders, Allen formed a stormy relationship with owner Al Davis stemming from a contract dispute where Davis referred to Allen as a "cancer to the team."
  • 1986
    Age 25
    In 1986 Allen met Kathryn Edwards and the two later got engaged.
    More Details Hide Details During their engagement, Allen and Edwards were 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. The couple were asked to testify in the trial but fought the subpoena as they wanted to stay out of it. Despite the allegations, the pair married and the ceremony was held at O. J. Simpson's Rockingham estate.
  • 1985
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, Allen was named the NFL MVP.
  • 1984
    Age 23
    On January 1, 1984, Allen gained 121 yards for two touchdowns on just 13 carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    More Details Hide Details One week later, Allen rushed 25 times for 154 yards and scored on a touchdown reception. 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Included in his stats was a 74-yard touchdown run, 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).
  • 1982
    Age 21
    Allen was drafted with the 10th overall selection of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders.
    More Details Hide Details In a recent ad on NFL Network, Allen recalls shortly before being drafted that the Raiders asked him his weight at the time (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. The Raiders would lose 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.
  • 1981
    Age 20
    In 1981, Allen rushed for 2,342 yards, becoming the second player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season, passing the 2,000 yard mark in a win at Cal.
    More Details Hide Details 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 number 33.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 19
    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).
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  • 1979
    Age 18
    In 1979, he was moved to fullback.
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  • 1978
    Age 17
    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.
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    Allen played running back at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1978 to 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He was recruited as a defensive back, but head coach John Robinson switched him to tailback.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on March 26, 1960.
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