While that 1998 draft will be remembered more for the Cowboys not taking a chance on Randy Moss, they weren't exactly opposed to taking risks.
Three things stand out the most about Larry Allen'srookie season 1994. He was the guy Reggie White tossed around in the Thanksgiving Day game. He was the guy who ran down Saints linebacker Darrion Conner on an interception during a Monday Night game. And it was Allen who tried to play in the NFC Championship Game on one leg, hobbling around against the 49ers in a tough loss.
But after that, things got better for Allen, who not only cracked the starting lineup in 1995, but began a Pro Bowl streak that lasted for seven years. Ten Pro Bowls later, Allen is easily the most decorated offensive linemen in Cowboys history.
He portrayed a unique combination of strength and versatility - able to play both guard and tackle at a high level, earning All-Pro honors at both positions.
The Cowboys released Allen last month for salary-cap reasons and it looks as if the Pro Bowl guard will finish up his career in San Francisco after signing a two-year deal with the 49ers.
But the Cowboys certainly got everything they could've ever hoped for from a raw, inexperienced second-round pick from Sonoma State.
Allen is off to the Bay Area this year, but he'll certainly be back before too long when his name goes up in the Ring of Honor.
Apr 21, 2006 at 10:59 AM
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