Kevin Allen (American football)

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Kevin Allen
No. 72
Position: Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-06-21) June 21, 1963 (age 52)
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
College: Indiana
NFL draft: 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games Played: 16
Games Started: 4
Stats at NFL.com

Kevin Eugene Allen (born June 21, 1963 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former professional American football tackle who played in the National Football League for one season for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Allen is an alum of Northwest High School in Cincinnati and of Indiana University.

NFL banning[edit]

Allen's career started against the New York Giants, a game where Lawrence Taylor recorded eight sacks. By midseason, Allen was relegated to Special Teams. During the offseason, Allen moved to the center position.

After a subpar rookie season, Allen tested positive for cocaine after reporting to Eagles training camp in 1986. The Eagles released him in October 1986. A week after being cut, he was charged with rape and spent the next 33 months in prison.[1] He was banned from the league for life soon afterward. Buddy Ryan thought so little of Allen that he once described him as someone who could only be useful "if you want someone to stand around and kill the grass... he looks like a USFL reject."[2] In 2011, Deadspin ranked Allen the 4th-worst football player of all time, noting "The ninth overall pick out of Indiana had a special way of blocking opposing pass rushers. He would lean his body forward, then fall down." and "Never had the Eagles had a combination of bad person-bad player that could match this guy."[3]

In the spring of 1991, Allen's ban was lifted. After failed tryouts with the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Allen in 1991, assigning him to the Orlando Thunder in the WLAF.

Allen would later move on to the Arena Football League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schurman, Mike (20 June 1987). "Kevin Allen Gets 15 Years For '86 Rape". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
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  3. ^ The Bottom 100: The Worst Players in NFL History. Deadspin. Retrieved August 14, 2014.