James Allen (linebacker)

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James Allen
Free agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-11-11) November 11, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth: Portland, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon State University
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Debuted in 2002 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history

James Deshaune Allen (born November 11, 1979) is an American football linebacker in the National Football League who is currently a free agent and played most recently for the New Orleans Saints.[1]

Early life[edit]

Allen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He attended Jefferson High School in Portland where he excelled in football. He also was a very skilled saxophone player.

College career[edit]

Allen chose to enroll at Oregon State University where he played linebacker under coach Dennis Erickson from 1997 to 2001. He was an integral member of the 2000 Beaver team that beat Notre Dame 41-9 in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl and finished 4th in the final AP poll.

Professional career[edit]

Allen was selected in the 3rd round (82nd overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.[2] He played linebacker for the Saints from 2002 to 2006.[3]

Allen is currently a free agent.[citation needed]