By every qualification, Marcus Allen is considered the greatest running back footballer the National Football League (NFL) has ever produced. During his active years, he was famed for running the most precise routes, having the best hands, possessing a rare athletic speed, and growing to become a game changer in virtually all the games he featured in.
As chronicled by the football association, Allen didn’t just carve a niche for himself as one of NFL’s greatest players of all time for nothing. The retired professional footballer practically worked his way into stardom by working on his athletic talent more than most of his teammates as well as putting up impressive performances during competitive fixtures and championships.
Unlike most elite NFL players, Marcus spent his career years with just two teams – the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Raiders. His stint with the latter lasted for a decade (from 1982 to 1992) while his contract with the former survived from 1993 to 1997 when he officially announced his retirement from football.
A look at his career timeline shows Allen caught 587 passes for 5,412 yards, scored 145 touchdowns, ran for 12,243 yards during his active years for both teams. He also holds the record as the first footballer to gain over 5,000 receiving yards and 10,000 rushing yards in the NFL history. These feats and more led to his election to six Pro Bowls and induction into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. To his credit, Marcus equally stands out as the only NFL player to be named Super Bowl MVP as well as NFL MVP. He is also a proud winner of the Super Bowl, NCAA national championship, and the Heisman Trophy, making him one of NFL’S most illustrious short-yard runners and goal line to ever grace the oval leather game.
Marcus currently works as a spokesman and blogger for OPENSports.com, a sports website.
Marcus Allen’s Bio
The former Los Angeles running back was born on the 26th day of March 1960 to Gwendolyn Allen (mother) and Harold Allen (father) in San Diego, California and this makes his nationality American.
Marcus Allen started his educational career at Abraham Lincoln High School where he featured with the school’s football team as a safety man and Quarterback. Upon completion of his studies at the school, he proceeded to the University of California (USC) to further his education. While his stint lasted from 1978 to 1981, he was a member of the institution’s football team and was famed for featuring as a tailback and defensive back. His four seasons with his college football team also opened the opportunity for him to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season, becoming the second player to achieve such feat in NCAA history.
Following an illustrious college career, Marcus Allen took to the NFL to start up a professional career as a footballer. He was eventually absorbed in the NFL in 1982 after he was selected by the Los Angeles Raiders football team.
The retired footballer has two siblings whose names are Damon Allen (brother) and Michelle Allen (sister). While we can’t really give a reliable account of what Michelle is up to now, we can establish that Damon is a father to three daughters and a son, whom he had with his wife. Born on July 29, 1963, in San Diego, he is a retired professional football player like his elder brother. During his active years as a quarterback, Damon plied his trade in the Canadian Football League and was the winner of four Grey Cups which he won with three different teams. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School and later had his college career at Cal State Fullerton. The 6 feet 1 inch tall retired footballer currently takes care of the Damon Allen Quarterback Academy, which was launched in May 2010. He is also a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, following his election into the corporation in 2012.
Without mincing words, it is obvious that the 6 feet 2 inches tall retired footballer had a robust career in the football league. From this same field of endeavor, he was able to amass an impressive income from his salary cap, contracts, and of course, signing bonus. As of 2018, his assets are valued at $4 million.
Allen Marcus’s Relationship With Nicole Brown
At the mention of the names Allen Marcus and Nicole Brown, the first thing that comes to the mind is their scandalous romantic relationship that ended the amicable friendship between Marcus and Brown’s then-husband O.J Simpson. Though Allen severally denied having an affair with Nicole, the latter, in her diary entries, confirmed that she had an affair with the NFL star and expressed how happy Marcus makes her feel each time they are together. Nicole also penned down how she feels bad about the impact her relationship with Allen might have on Kathryn Edwards, who was newly married to Marcus at the time.
Despite denying the rumor during a deposition in Simpson’s 1996 civil trial and several other times, O.J later confirmed that his best friend slept his wife and went on to sever his friendship with him. Brown is dead and gone. She was found dead in her Brentwood home on June 12, 1994.
Family – Wife and Son
Marcus Allen is a divorcee, having severed all marital ties with his wife, Kathryn Edwards in 2001. Prior to their divorce, the pair lived together as husband and wife for 8 years. They met in 1986, got engaged after a few years and subsequently tied the knot at O. J. Simpson’s Rockingham estate in 1993. Kathryn and Marcus’ marital relationship didn’t produce children but the NFL icon shares a son called Drake Connor Allen (born 2014) with his girlfriend, Lauren Hunter. As gathered, Hunter is a fitness model and has two children from a previous marriage.