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Marcus Allen

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Born and raised in San Diego, California, Marcus Allen attended the University of Southern California, where he played for the Trojans from 1978 until 1981. A star running back in college, Allen had 1 of the most impressive seasons in NCAA history in 1981, his senior year. Allen became the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 2000 yards in a single season, rushing for 2342 yards. At seasons end, Allen claimed the Chic Harley Award, the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Pop Warner Award and the prestigious Heisman Trophy. Allen was further recognized for his outstanding college career in 2000, when he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders 10th overall in the 1982 NFL Draft, Allen would spend 11 seasons with the Raiders. In Super Bowl XVIII, Allen ran for 191 yards, catching 2 passes for 18 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns, helping the Raiders defeat the Washington Redskins 38-9. Allen’s outstanding Super Bowl performance earned him the Super Bowl MVP Award. During Allen’s tenure with the Raiders, he was also named to the Pro Bowl 5 times and was named the 1985 NFL MVP. In 1993, Allen joined the Kansas City Chiefs. In his first season in Kansas City, Allen, along with Joe Montana, helped lead the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game. At season’s end, Allen was awarded the NFL Comeback Player of The Year. Allen would play 4 more seasons for the Chiefs, retiring at the end of the 1997 season. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, Allen frequently appears on CBS as a football analyst. Allen’s younger brother is Damon Allen, who played quarterback in the CFL for 23 seasons.