No. -- Free Agent
|Date of birth:April 30, 1989|
|Place of birth: Opa-locka, Florida|
|College: Notre Dame|
|Undrafted in 2011|
|Debuted in 2011 for the Chicago Bears|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2012
Armando Allen, Jr. (born April 30, 1989) is an American football running back in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Notre Dame.
Allen played high school football at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School in Hialeah, Florida. A preseason fractured fibula ended his 2006 senior season before it ever began. However, he rushed for 1,095 yards and 12 TDs as junior in 2005, despite missing three games to injury. He was selected for 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio but did not participate because of his injury. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Allen was listed as the No. 2 all-purpose back in the nation. He chose Notre Dame over offers from Tennessee, Duke and Florida.
He was once a participant on the MTV hit-show "Parental Control".
As a freshman, he started 4 games in which he recorded a team-best 1,176 all-purpose yards, averaging 98.0 yards per game. He was the second-leading rusher on the team with 348 yards on 86 carries. As a sopohmore in 2008, he started 8 games in which he led the Irish in rushing with 585 yards on 134 carries (4.4 avg) and added three TDs. He also ranked second on the team with 50 receptions and tallied 355 receiving yards and two TDs. As a junior, he only played in 8 games (7 starts) because of injury, but he was still able to lead the Irish in rushing for second straight season with 697 yards and three TDs on 142 carries. In his final season as a senior, playing in only 8 games due to a hip injury, ranked second on the team in rushing with 514 yards on 107 carries (4.8) and added two TD's.
He finished his 4-year career at Notre Dame rushing for 2144 yards on 469 carries (4.6 Avg) and 8 touchdowns. He lived up to the hype as being an all-purpose back, by recording 4337 all-purpose yards, which is 5th most in school history. He graduated with a degree in sociology.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Allen was signed to the Chicago Bears practice squad on September 5, 2011. He was promoted to the active roster on December 19 after safety Chris Conte was placed on injured reserve. With the injuries to Matt Forté and Marion Barber, Allen made his debut on Christmas Day against the Green Bay Packers and rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries. Allen lost the third running back battle to Lorenzo Booker, and was waived on August 31, 2012. He was later placed on the team's practice squad, but was added to the active roster after Booker was put on injured reserve on September 8.
Allen scored his first career touchdown run against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 7, 2012, the longest touchdown run by a Bears player since Matt Forte's 68-yard run in 2010. Though he became an exclusive rights free agent in 2013, Allen signed his tender on March 28. He was released on August 30, 2013.
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