73 Larry Allen – Offensive Lineman – 1994 – 2005

This edition of my Legends series recognizes a truly great player… Great in talent, great in strength, great in passion and great in size. Of course I’m talking about a giant of a man, Larry Allen.

Allen first gained national attention when he led little known, Sonoma State to the Senior Bowl in 1992. The two time All-American starred while playing guard, and in two seasons he only allowed one sack. He set ten different team records that still stand today.

In 1994, Larry Allen was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft, making him the first NFL player ever to be selected from Sonoma State. He made an immediate impact on the team and was soon considered to be the NFL’s premier offensive lineman.

He is widely recognized as the one of the best offensive lineman in NFL history and is certainly the best offensive lineman the Dallas Cowboys have ever had. He was the biggest part of an offensive unit that has posted the four lowest sacks allowed totals in club history with 18 in 1995, 19 in 1996 and 1998, and 20 in 1994.

Allen is widely credited for the success of Emmitt Smith with his unparalleled play as his lead blocker, and played a role in eight of his eleven 1,000 yard rushing seasons. Allen, was also able to bench press 700 pounds, and is considered to be the strongest man to ever play professional football.

In his 12 year career, Larry Allen was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and is just the third player in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl at more than one offensive line position during his career. Only Bob Lilly had more Pro Bowl selections than Larry Allen. He is the most decorated offensive lineman in Dallas Cowboys history.

Despite a brief two-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of his playing days, Allen played most of his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys.

When Allen finally decided to hang them up, he didn’t want to go out as a 49er so he signed a one-day contract with the team he’s loved all his life, and retired as a Dallas Cowboy. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!