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Jared Allen rides off, absent sunset

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The Sheriff may or may not be riding off into the sunset. The Calf Roper is.

Absent the sunset.

In a video posted at his Twitter page, veteran NFL defensive end Jared Allen announced his retirement. On horseback.

“I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career,” Allen said. “This was the part where I was gonna ride off into the sunset. But seeing how there’s no sunset, I’m just gonna ride off.”

And then he rode off.

Allen, who celebrates tackling quarterbacks behind the line of scrimmage by pretending to rope a calf, exits with 136 career sacks and one Super Bowl appearance. In 2011, Allen notched 22.0 sacks for a then-hapless Vikings team. He had 15.5 in 2007, his final season with the Chiefs. Allen then racked up 14.5 sacks in each of his first two years with the Vikings, who acquired him for a first-round and third-round pick in 2008.

A wild child early in his career, a pair of DUIs triggered a two-game suspension of Allen in 2007. Allen thereafter turned his life around, maintaining his loose, fun-loving ways without the alcohol. More recently, Allen has become a major proponent of providing modified and upgraded housing for American soldiers injured in battle.

We’ve already made a request to get him back on PFT Live, especially since Allen provided one of the best moments in show history when he explained in November 2011 why he punched former teammate Ray Edwards “square in the wiener” during a game between Minnesota and Atlanta.

In all, Allen spent four years with the Chiefs and six with the Vikings. He signed with the Bears in 2014, who traded him to Carolina early last year after switching to a 3-4 defense.

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70 Responses to “Jared Allen rides off, absent sunset”
  1. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 18, 2016 10:51 AM

    Time to come home to Minnesota, sign that one day contract and retire a Viking.

    Happy Retirement!

  2. jermainewiggins says: Feb 18, 2016 10:55 AM

    One of my all time favorite vikes and a great guy off the field. I was skeptical when we traded for him but he definitely changed my mind quick.

  3. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 18, 2016 10:57 AM

    He’s a real good dude. I wish nothing but the best for him in the future.

  4. ninjapleazee says: Feb 18, 2016 10:57 AM

    Should have retired 3 years ago before you fleeced the Bears. You know you suck when the Bears trade you away and were willing to eat up your salary.

  5. mropinionguy says: Feb 18, 2016 11:01 AM

    Except he probably won’t do that because it’s the Vikings.

  6. crabwasheld says: Feb 18, 2016 11:02 AM

    More time to go steal yearbooks

  7. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 18, 2016 11:05 AM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Feb 18, 2016 10:57 AM

    Should have retired 3 years ago before you fleeced the Bears. You know you suck when the Bears trade you away and were willing to eat up your salary.
    ==========================

    Fleeced the Bears? Maybe you don’t remember, but the Bears made him an offer. I don’t think he begged the Bears to pay him.

    Think about that next time you have a potential employer make you an offer of money for employment. Are you gonna fleece them?

  8. ariani1985 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:08 AM

    Packers suck!

  9. Rdog says: Feb 18, 2016 11:13 AM

    I’m happy that he didn’t get a championship ring in his one-season stand with the Panthers. Kind of an annoying dude,

  10. guitarfreak21 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:16 AM

    Jared is one of the all time great sack masters and a fantastic person that everyone wants on their team and as a personality. I wish him all the best.

  11. leatherhelmets says: Feb 18, 2016 11:17 AM

    Another stupid athlete. Loved it when he tried doing his calf rope while the offense was going hurry up.
    me me me me me me me me!

  12. bassplucker says: Feb 18, 2016 11:18 AM

    Much respect for Mr. Allen and all he is doing for our vets. Yeah he delivered much less to my Bears than what they paid for but at least I know some of that money is going to a good cause.

  13. bridgeh2o says: Feb 18, 2016 11:19 AM

    JA came up with the big play many a times against the packers and bears. He was money!!!!

    He deserves to be in the Viking ring of fame!

    Best of luck, JA, in your next rodeo!

  14. bucks4ever13 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:20 AM

    He played really well when the Panthers needed him most. Surprisingly happy how well that trade worked out. Best of luck to him.

  15. norseyapper says: Feb 18, 2016 11:24 AM

    Great video. Very fitting for Allen who played hard and well, always had something fun to say, and seemed to understand that it really is a game and a matter of entertainment.

  16. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:24 AM

    what a road grader, this is how you ride out in style. can you imagine if $cam newton anounced his retirement. it would just be a bunch of one word responses, then hed throw on his dre beets and pretend not hear any thing. this is why the open range beats the city in my book any day. tell me, would you rather hang out with the jared who rides a horse, or the jared from the subway? thought so

  17. vikingf0rlife says: Feb 18, 2016 11:25 AM

    Thank God you had the privilege to play for the Bears and the Panthers. You were doomed on the Vikings and their horrible track record of never winning a championship after 55 years. I always felt bad for you Jared, but happy you got be part of a team much more respected, like the Bears and Panthers. Thanks for all the memories Jared!

  18. kcchefs58 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:26 AM

    I’m glad he turned things around after those DUIs. He had a hell of a career. Now he can drink whatever he wants, if he even wants to. Other NFLers should take note.

  19. wallabear says: Feb 18, 2016 11:26 AM

    Solid career + money in the bank = American Dream Fulfilled

  20. scoops1 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:28 AM

    Cyaz Boozey

    theres a case Natty Ice waiting for Jared somewhere

  21. misterpositivity says: Feb 18, 2016 11:31 AM

    He’d make an entertaining commentator or color analyst, but my guess is he’s going to spend his retirement hunting and fishing.

  22. ducknichols50 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:32 AM

    like the symbolism going on…..since there was no sunset, could he have another year?

  23. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 18, 2016 11:32 AM

    “Allen notched 22.0 sacks for a then-hapless Vikings team”

    Ha. This presumes that there’s a “non-hapless” Vikings team.

  24. jwcarlson says: Feb 18, 2016 11:32 AM

    Chicago let Julius Peppers walk to the Packers (3 years, $26MM) so they could pay Jared Allen (4 years, $32MM)… and then later force him to play OLB which is where Green Bay has ended up using Peppers (who has been pretty effective).

    It’s not Allen’s fault the Bears organization was a disaster when he signed on… and then being asked to play OLB was a complete miscast of his talent.

  25. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Feb 18, 2016 11:37 AM

    would you rather hang out with the jared who rides a horse, or the jared from the subway? thought so
    ***********************************
    just roping in the young calfs on the range either way

  26. magnusthe1st says: Feb 18, 2016 11:49 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 18, 2016 11:08 AM
    Packers suck!

    ————————————-

    Let the record show that Vikings fans have more trolls that are bitter, jealous, and lead a sad existence than all other teams. So much so, that they continually rag on their rival even in places where there is literally no connection. This is why the Vikings will always be in the dumpster of the NFL. Your team may be improving, but you earn no respect from other teams. At least with the Packers and Bears, it may be a healthy rivalry, but each team and their fans still respect each other’s side.

    As a Packers fan to Jared Allen, you were an awesome player. Good luck in retirement and I’m glad to see you not retire in something as tacky as purple.

  27. jazsrt says: Feb 18, 2016 11:52 AM

    jwcarlson says:
    Feb 18, 2016 11:32 AM
    Chicago let Julius Peppers walk to the Packers (3 years, $26MM) so they could pay Jared Allen (4 years, $32MM)… and then later force him to play OLB which is where Green Bay has ended up using Peppers (who has been pretty effective).

    It’s not Allen’s fault the Bears organization was a disaster when he signed on… and then being asked to play OLB was a complete miscast of his talent.
    ________________________________

    Salary Cap definition: A salary cap is an agreement between the league and players that places a limit on the amount of money a team can spend on salaries for players. The NFL uses a hard cap, meaning that no team is allowed to exceed the cap limit for any reason.

    Julius Peppers cap hit would have been 18MM in 2014, which is why the Bears RELEASED him.

  28. tommykramer9 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:52 AM

    Thanks Jared Allen for being a real star!

  29. fartweasel says: Feb 18, 2016 11:53 AM

    Great player, greater man. Was able to turn his life around and totally redeem himself! Did (does) much for veterans. A class act.

    Best of luck Mr. Allen, we miss you already.

  30. deke952 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:57 AM

    I always thought he celebrated by pretending to scrub out a toilet bowl.

  31. jayhawk6 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:57 AM

    As is the case with most GMs, Carl Peterson’s tenure with the Chiefs had SNAFUs, but Jared Allen’s departure was the worst. The year after he paid serial woman abuser Larry Johnson big money, there was not a lot of room to fairly pay Allen, so he was off to Minnesota; well, there was that and and an immense gulf of distrust and rancor between the two.

    Few people have played in the NFL with more enthusiasm than Jared Allen.

    Thanks, and farewell.

  32. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 18, 2016 12:10 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Feb 18, 2016 11:32 AM

    “Allen notched 22.0 sacks for a then-hapless Vikings team”

    Ha. This presumes that there’s a “non-hapless” Vikings team.
    _______

    Off the top of my head, I can think of the one that beat the Packers for the division title six weeks ago as “non-hapless.”

  33. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 18, 2016 12:12 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Feb 18, 2016 11:32 AM

    “Allen notched 22.0 sacks for a then-hapless Vikings team”

    Ha. This presumes that there’s a “non-hapless” Vikings team.
    ===========================

    Would it be too much to presume there is such a thing as a non-hapless Packer fan/troll on a Vikings thread?

  34. weepingjebus says: Feb 18, 2016 12:15 PM

    He could come back and be the Vikings kicker for a few years.

  35. lscratchingthesurface says: Feb 18, 2016 12:17 PM

    Congrats on an outstanding career, Jared! You are missed in KC. We know that Carl Peterson was the problem here, not yourself. Thank you for always playing at 110 %.

    Thank you!

  36. cottonjoe says: Feb 18, 2016 12:18 PM

    Jared can always look back fondly on his days with the Vikings. Against Green Bay during his time there they won 3 times in 11 meetings. Two of those wins came with Favre at the helm. The 2012 season ended for Jared and Friends in the playoffs against…….you guessed it, the Packers. 24-10.

  37. jmethane says: Feb 18, 2016 12:20 PM

    Should’ve signed with Seattle instead of the bears. He would’ve helped when cliff Avril went down in the sb.

    But no his wife wanted to live at home and he wanted that 10 mil. Oh well…

  38. granadafan says: Feb 18, 2016 12:21 PM

    He dominated offensive lines during his prime but still couldn’t put the Vikings in the playoffs. Same thing with JJ Watt with this year being the exception only because Hoyer did a pretty good job. That’s why a single defensive player will never win the MVP of the league.

  39. colt13 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:23 PM

    I didn’t think he had anything left when he went to Carolina, but went out in style with a Super Bowl appearance.

    Well played, Jared.

  40. doctormantistoboggan says: Feb 18, 2016 12:23 PM

    Dude wore #69 like your typical middle school jock.

    Have fun with your camaro and limeoritas in retirement.

  41. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:26 PM

    “would you rather hang out with the jared who rides a horse, or the jared from the subway?”

    Given that Jared from Subway is in jail for child molestation/child porn I don’t think anyone wants to “hang out” with him except possibly the very very bad dudes in the other cells.

  42. babygaga19 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:30 PM

    A fun personality and great player. Props for turning your life around!!!

  43. jag1959 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:35 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 18, 2016 11:08 AM
    Packers suck!
    _____________________

    Not a Packers fan but find it hysterical that a Vikes trolls dog a team that has actually won as many SB’s as the Vikes have lost.

  44. R.J. says: Feb 18, 2016 12:38 PM

    Now that’s a classy way to call it a career.

  45. supra23 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:39 PM

    Broncos pulled an offer from the table for Jared Allen when he didn’t want to fly in right away to sign it. Could of had your sunset.

  46. bridgeh2o says: Feb 18, 2016 12:42 PM

    As usual, the packer trolls are out at a time them makes them look even smaller than they already do.

    I guess losing all your home games to your NFC North foes and the capper-losing to the Vikes on the last week of the season has brought out the worst in packland……..minds are exploding.

    Deal with it pukes…….Mike Zimmer is in control of this roster and defense, and you are in for a downward spiral-reminiscient of the 70s and 80s for packers. Those are 2 decades that the packers had records-records of losing. One division title in that time——beyond awful. We are happy to put you back there!!!!!

    Allen terrorized gbay………complete stud!

  47. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:49 PM

    This poor guy had to “embrace the suck” for all those years in MN. I’m glad he got to go out with at least a Superbowl appearance.

  48. h0metownzero says: Feb 18, 2016 12:59 PM

    This once hated rival of Packer fans everywhere became a cult hero in WI when he told Viking fans to just “embrace the suck”. Absolutely hilarious – and appropriate too.

    He might be my favorite Viking of all time thanks to that, followed closely by Blair Walsh.

  49. ariani1985 says: Feb 18, 2016 1:03 PM

    If you were 5 years older turd Thompson would sign you! For example, see the ringless peppers signing!

  50. tindeaux says: Feb 18, 2016 1:08 PM

    although i’m not really a fan of Jared Allen’s but I had fun watching him play. Best of luck in retirement!!!

  51. Fancybaseball says: Feb 18, 2016 1:15 PM

    This is one of those comment sections where I know the more thumbs down a comment has, the more I probably agree with it!

    That video was funny and cool though, come on, at least give the guy that…

  52. pillowporkers says: Feb 18, 2016 1:15 PM

    He’ll be in the HOF along with Ware and Peppers. One of the best Dlineman the past decade.

  53. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 18, 2016 1:19 PM

    He probably should have retired at the same time as his mullet.

  54. purpleguy says: Feb 18, 2016 1:21 PM

    Good guy, great player, had fun, didn’t care what people thought, and has engaged in many worthy charitable causes. Wish him all the best, although it would have been kind of fun if his horse had stopped and dropped a load during his ride off.

    Great to see the real NFCN fans giving him some props above.

  55. alopez72packattack says: Feb 18, 2016 1:24 PM

    I want to thank Jared for all his contributions and bringing a Lombardi trophy home to Minnes…..oh wait never mind.

  56. h0metownzero says: Feb 18, 2016 1:25 PM

    I think Jared related so well to Viking fans because of that mullet. It was his way of saying “I’m one of you”.

  57. minnesotastunna says: Feb 18, 2016 1:26 PM

    He was fun to watch-prob the most explosive lineman to play for the vikes besides Doleman and Randle at least in my lifetime. I kno about the 70s purple people eaters but that’s well before my time.

  58. minson15 says: Feb 18, 2016 1:49 PM

    Met him in Iraq along with Larry Fitz, they came over to honor those who were currently serving over there and they did a whole day of just signing autographs. Even before that I had a ton of respect for that guy and the way he played the game.

    Happy Retirement!

  59. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 18, 2016 1:51 PM

    The Packers do suck because their MVPS are Clete Blakeman and Howie Katz

  60. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 18, 2016 2:02 PM

    granadafan says:
    Feb 18, 2016 12:21 PM

    He dominated offensive lines during his prime but still couldn’t put the Vikings in the playoffs. Same thing with JJ Watt with this year being the exception only because Hoyer did a pretty good job. That’s why a single defensive player will never win the MVP of the league.
    ______

    Alan Page and Lawrence Taylor already did it.

  61. atomicwaste says: Feb 18, 2016 2:13 PM

    Class act, but I’m glad the Bears traded him and will come away from his contract with a pick in the draft.

  62. paulieorkid says: Feb 18, 2016 2:29 PM

    The way things are going, I’d take Jared Allen’s “absent sunset” with honor scenario – over Peyton Manning’s “sunset” turned scandal any day.

    Jared overcame an early career alcohol problem to fully redeem himself in every way – and was legendary when it came to truly looking out for vets.

    Huge respect to Jared Allen. Huge.

  63. vikingforlife says: Feb 18, 2016 2:36 PM

    Don’t know who stole my handle, but NOT COOL!!! I have loved Jared from the beginning and would never have said anything like that about my Vikings. It is so obvious that you are not a Viking fan and really??? you have to resort to something like this childish behavior?? Have I really gotten under your skin that bad? Ha!
    Anyway, FROM THE REAL VIKINGFORLIFE: Jared, Best of luck to you, thank you for being a great Viking on and off the field! Enjoy your life!!! Continue all your good work!!

  64. whatjusthapped says: Feb 18, 2016 2:42 PM

    Jared Allen was your typical Viking, big stats in 2009 but in the NFC Championship game vs the Saints, he completely disappeared. To win championships, you need your best players to step forward (but not so far as to be the 12th man in the huddle) and play their best but Jared went missing. As has the Viking’s trophy case too.

  65. gooboy6 says: Feb 18, 2016 2:42 PM

    He was traded for a 1st rd pick and TWO 3rd rd picks from Vikes

  66. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 18, 2016 3:37 PM

    Shanks for the the great memories, Jared.

  67. shadywarrior says: Feb 18, 2016 4:11 PM

    Congrats on a great career! If any of you want a good laugh, check out his video about his old mullet. Pretty funny dude.

  68. orange and blue owns the NFL says: Feb 18, 2016 4:25 PM

    The best sack I’ve ever seen was him sacking Eli Manning with an offensive lineman between them.

  69. staffordsyear says: Feb 18, 2016 5:26 PM

    Good Riddance.

  70. camdenyard says: Feb 18, 2016 8:44 PM

    Always liked this guy’s play.

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