|Occupation||NFL official (2014–Present)|
A native of Lumberton, North Carolina (and a graduate of Pemboke State University), Allen began officiating football games at the high school, and later, ACC, levels. When he made his NFL officiating debut in 2014, he was originally going to be an umpire, but when long-time referee Mike Carey announced his retirement on June 24, 2014, Allen was given the referee position instead; this was the first time since 1962 that an NFL official in his first year of officiating was given that honor (Tommy Bell was the last NFL official to do so).
Allen's 2016 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Fred Bryan, head linesman Jim Mello, line judge Tom Symonette, field judge Tom Hill, side judge David Meslow, and back judge Shawn Hochuli (the son of senior NFL referee Ed Hochuli).
Outside of officiating NFL games, Allen is a non-profit CEO.
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