Position Series: Guards, Centers Provide Value

Three things stand out the most about Larry Allen's rookie season 1994. He was the guy Reggie White tossed around in the Thanksgiving Day game. He was the guy who ran down Saints linebacker Darion 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.
Although the Cowboys released Allen two years ago, he returned to California to sign with the 49ers, where he earned yet another Pro Bowl selection in 2006.
But the Cowboys certainly got everything they could've ever hoped for from a raw, inexperienced second-round pick from Sonoma State. While it's unlikely he'll finish his career in Dallas, he could be back before too long if his name goes up in the prestigious Ring of Honor.

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