Jared Allen nfl all-Pro Defensive End, Minnesota Vikings

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Jared Allen

NFL All-Pro Defensive End, Minnesota Vikings

Career Highlights: Jared Allen is the colorful three-time All-Pro defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings...An explosive player, Allen leads the NFL in sacks since 2004 with 83 and has been dubbed the “sack machine” for his passionate pursuit of quarterbacks...After starting the 2010 season slow with only one sack in the first seven games, Allen came on and had 10 sacks in the next nine games, finishing 10th in the league with 11 sacks…In the 2009 season against the Green Bay Packers (October 5, 2009) Allen set a career-high with 4.5 sacks, as well as having his third safety in the last two years…Allen led the Vikings with 14.5 sacks in his first two years with the team…He has earned First Team AP All-Pro honors and Pro Bowl berths three time (2007-09)…In 2008, Allen tied a Vikings and NFL record with two safeties and helped the Vikings defense rank #1 in the NFL against the run (2008)…In 2009, he led the Vikings to rank second overall in defense in the league and third against both the run and passing…Acquired by the Vikings in a trade with Kansas City in April 2008, Allen spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Chiefs…He was drafted by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft and quickly became a fixture in rebuilding the team’s defense that had ranked near last in the NFL…. In his last season with Kansas City in 2007, Allen erupted on the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 14 games to lead the league...Due to his strong season he was tabbed as an Associated Press First Team All-Pro and named an AFC starter in the Pro Bowl...Allen became the first Chiefs defensive end in the Pro Bowl since Neil Smith in 1995...His 15.5 sacks to lead the NFL made him the first Chief to lead the NFL in sacks since Derrick Thomas in 1990 with 20.0...Allen won the Derrick Thomas Award as the Chiefs MVP that season, the first defender to earn the honor since Marvcus Patton in 1999...Allen, who had seven multi-sack games during the season, also was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October in 2007…Other early honors in his career include being named Defensive Player of the Week (October, 16, 2005), 2006 USA Today All-Joe Team and the 2004 Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team…While in college at Idaho State, Allen was named the Buck Buchanan Award winner as a senior, recognizing the top defensive player in Division I-AA football...As a senior, he was also an All-America selection and named Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to being honored with the team MVP...In his junior year he was named Second Team All-America and earned All-Big Sky honors...He was also named All-Big Sky as a sophomore.

Marcus Allen

NFL Hall of FameRunning Back

Career Highlights:A Pro Football Hall of Famer, Marcus Allen is considered one of the greatest running backs in professional football history…In a stellar 16-year NFL career (11 with the Oakland Raiders and five with the Kansas City Chiefs), Allen rushed for 145 career touchdowns…Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, Allen is a six-time Pro Bowler…He was the MVP of Super Bowl XVIII when the Raiders beat the Washington Redskins and he scored two touchdowns, including a spectacular 74-yard run...He is second on the NFL’s all-time rushing touchdown list with 123, behind Emmitt Smith’s 155.He carried the ball 3,022 times for 12,243 yards, and also had 5,411 yards receiving…Allen held the NFL record for most consecutive games with 100 or more rushing yards with 11 (10/28/85 to 9/14/86), until his record was eclipsed by Barry Sanders’ 14 games in 1997…Allen also possesses the fourth-highest NFL single-season mark for rushing and receiving yards combined (2,314 in 1985)…Among his many career accolades include being named the 1982 NFL Rookie of the Year, the 1985 NFL Most Valuable Player and to the 1982 and 1985 All-Pro Teams…Allen won the Heisman Trophy as a senior at the University of Southern California in 1981, when he set an all-time single-season rushing record with 2,342 yards…He also was a consensus All-America Choice, was named College Player of the Year by Football News and won the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year…Allen was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000…Allen worked for CBS Sports for many years and for the NFL Network.

Ray Allen

All-Star Guard, Boston Celtics

Career Highlights:A 10-time NBA All-Star, Ray Allen is one of the most prolific shooters in NBA history...Allen became the all-time NBA leader in total 3-point fields goals made (2,562), surpassing the legendary Reggie Miller this past February…Allen finished the season with 2,612 three-pointers made…On March 11, 2011, Allen surpassed Miller’s career total of 6,468 three-point field goal attempts and finished the regular season with 6,554 attempts…Allen finished the 2011 NBA season ranked first in points scored (1,321), minutes played (2,890), field goals made (480), field goals attempted (978), three-point field goals made (168), and three-point field goal attempts (378)…Part of the dynamic threesome of the Boston Celtics at that time (along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce), Allen led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA Championship...In the series-ending Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Allen tied an NBA Finals record with seven three-pointers in the Celtics’ 131-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers…He also broke the record for three-pointers made in an NBA Finals series with 22...Allen set the NBA record for most three-point field goals made in the regular season with 269 (2005-06 season)…He also holds the NBA record as the regular season leader in three-point field goals attempted set in 2006 with 653...Allen has career averages per game of 20.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists…On December 10, 2009, Allen passed 20,000 points for his career (currently stands at 22,286 points)…Prior to being traded to the Celtics in June 2007, Allen led the Seattle SuperSonics to its first division title in seven years in 2005 and to the Western Conference Semi-finals in the 2005 NBA Playoffs…He was also honored by being named to the 2004-05 All-NBA Second Team…In addition to the 2010-11 season, he also led the league in three point field goals made in the 2001-02, 2002-03, and 2005-06 seasons…A veteran of six and a half seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Allen was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in February 2003…He was one of the first four selections to 2003 USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team…Allen won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, was selected to represent the U.S. in 2002 at the World Championships and in 2004 at the Olympics but withdrew due to injury...Allen is known as much for his character off the court, as his play on it as his charity, the Ray of Hope Foundation, assists charities in several communities…Allen won the 2003 NBA’s Joe Dumars Sportsmanship Award...Named a consensus All-America First Team selection as a junior at the University of Connecticut, Allen had his number retired at Gampel Pavilion on the UCONN campus in February 2007…He was the 1996 Big East Player of the Year, and a unanimous All-Big East First Team pick…He was named honorary captain of the 25-member UCONN All-Century Basketball Team…Allen had a starring role in the critically acclaimed Spike Lee movie “He Got Game,” co-starring alongside Denzel Washington.

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