IRVING, Texas --At his former offensive line coach Hudson Houck's request, 11-time Pro Bowler Larry Allen is visiting practice the next two days to oversee the line and provide pointers for first-round offensive tackle Tyron Smith.
Allen, who plans to take Smith to lunch, had plenty of praise for the rookie's talent. But when asked about rumors of impending entry to the Cowboys Ring of Honor, Allen -- a man of few words for the media during his 12-year Cowboys career -- clammed up.
Heard anything from team owner Jerry Jones about the Ring of Honor?
"No," Allen said.
What would it mean to be inducted?
"It would be a great honor," he said.
Pause. Big laugh.
"Just like old times," Allen said. "Quiet Larry."
Allen always did his talking on the field. Someday his bust will likely be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As for the Ring of Honor, Jones has said an announcement for a new inductee (or two) is coming soon. No names have been revealed, but Allen and wide receiver Drew Pearson are the most speculated candidates.
"If it happens, it happens," Allen said. "I hope it does. I'm just living life until it does."