Jared Allen rides off, absent sunset

AP

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.

70 responses to “Jared Allen rides off, absent sunset

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
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    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?

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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    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.

  12. 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.
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    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.
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    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.”

  16. 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.
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    Would it be too much to presume there is such a thing as a non-hapless Packer fan/troll on a Vikings thread?

  17. 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.

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. “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.

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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…

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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.
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    Alan Page and Lawrence Taylor already did it.

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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!!

  33. 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.

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