Larry Allen Jr. hoping to follow in father’s cleatmarks with Cowboys

AP

Larry Allen is the only Cowboys’ rookie to see his name everywhere at The Star, the team’s training facility. His father, Pro Football Hall of Famer Larry Allen Sr., is a Cowboys’ legend, of course.

“Sometimes I’m just focused on trying to prepare and everything, and then, like the next moment, I’ll turn a corner and see something and it’ll kind of see dreamlike again,” Allen Jr. said. “Yes, it’s very surreal.”

Allen Jr. has more to prove to the Cowboys than his father did to stick on the 53-player roster. The Cowboys made Allen Sr. a second-round pick even tough he played his college ball at Sonoma State. Allen Jr. played at Harvard and went undrafted.

“I’m just try to show who I am, what kind of player I am and what I can do,” Allen Jr. said.

After Allen Jr. signed with the Cowboys, he called his father, who yelled into the phone, “How ’bout them Cowboys?!”

Allen Jr. remembers spending time on the Cowboys’ sideline and in the locker room while he was growing up. Allen Sr. retired after the 2007 season following two seasons with the 49ers.

He chose to follow in his father’s footsteps by playing guard. Who better to learn from than one of the best ever at the position?

“In a way, he’s just my dad,” Allen Jr. said. “He’s taught me the way he teaches anyone, but he’s also taught me as his son, and you can’t replace that. He’s been extremely helpful, and just trying to do what I can to make him proud and do what he did.”

Allen Jr. has finished his degree in biomedical engineering and will walk the stage at Harvard on May 30. Allen Jr., though, will exhaust his NFL chances, before going into the real world.

21 responses to “Larry Allen Jr. hoping to follow in father’s cleatmarks with Cowboys

  1. He dont gotta worry about Reggie White making quick work outta him like he did pops im talking one arm all game

  2. It’s great that despite not being as great as his father, he has a biomedical engineering degree to fall back on.

  3. Degree in biomedical engineering from Harvard. Now thats impressive.
    Congratulations to the young man.

  4. Harvard – Biomedical Engineering. That’s big time.
    This kid rocks even if he never plays a down in the NFL.
    Priorities, people

  5. “Larry Allen is the best offensive lineman in football”

    — John Madden, a dozen times per game during Larry Allen’s prime.

  6. His dad was a grown man. No if ands buts about it. He gave it more than he got it from D-lines. Nothing but respect and if Jr got even percentage of that he make someone roster. If not I think he will be ok with that degree in hand

  7. Reggie White did school Larry Allen when Allen was a rookie. But after that, Allen owned Reggie…owned his ass!

  8. I remember a MNF game the Saints were playing with the Cowboys.
    A Saints DB intercepted a pass and Larry Allen ran him down from behind after 20-30 yard chase.
    Allen Sr was an amazing athlete

  9. I remember a MNF game the Saints were playing with the Cowboys.
    A Saints DB intercepted a pass and Larry Allen ran him down from behind after 20-30 yard chase.
    Allen Sr was an amazing athlete

  10. I remember a MNF game the Saints were playing the Cowboys.
    A Saints DB intercepted a pass and Larry Allen ran him down from behind after 20-30 yard chase.
    Allen Sr was an amazing athlete

  11. Appears very mature and the intelligence is obvious…I wouldn’t be surprised if he made the team.

  12. biomedical engineering degree from Havard? I think he’s going to be just fine if football doesn’t work out.

  13. A degree in biomedical engineering? As an engineer, I’m quite impressed with that credential. I’d say this man has one hell of “back-up plan” if football doesn’t work out. I’ll be rooting for his success. I thought his father was one of the very best in the history of the game at the position he played. Being a Cowboy fan, I hope that there is genetic component that allows Jr. to be at least close to his father’s ability.

  14. Talk about the American dream.. father from the hood uses football to ensure his kids don’t have to live through the same experiences to provide for his family. More football players should use this formula; get the best education you can possibly get, most of the time for FREE. Morons like mf think college athletes should be paid instead of receiving first rate educations that can generationally provide for their family WHEN football isn’t an option anymore. Average is 3 years and at a minimum salary that might be a million before taxes.

  15. Larry Allen Sr. is one of the best lineman I’ve ever seen. He’s probably the strongest player in the history of the NFL. And I’m Redskins fan. Have to give credit where credit is due. If he’s half the player his dad was he’ll make a solid starter in this league.

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