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Remembering Larry Allen

Zack Martin, Cowboys remember Larry Allen


FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys are still mourning the loss of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Larry Allen who suddenly passed away on Sunday while on vacation with his family in Mexico at the age of 52.

Tuesday marked the first opportunity for players and coaches to speak on the loss of Allen, as he has served as a role model player on and off the field for the Cowboys organization and the current roster.

"My thoughts and prayers go to the family," fellow lineman Tyler Smith said. "Nobody was expecting it. He was still young. Life is short, last week you guys were asking me a question about him and I was talking about him a little bit. It's definitely a big loss in the football world and for his people, for sure."

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New defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer had the opportunity to be around Allen during his time in Dallas in the late 90s and early 2000s, as he recalled a welcoming personality that he brought to the people around him.

"I got a chance to get to know him over the years," Zimmer said. "Larry was obviously a great player, 700-pound bench press, 11 Pro Bowls. He was a guy that really didn't say much, but he had a very infectious laugh. It's a sad day that we lost him."

Allen and nine-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Zack Martin are easily two of the best offensive lineman to touch the NFL field, as the two were able to connect early in Martin's career and sporadically throughout. As a lineman who has great respect for his predecessor, Martin offered his condolences on Tuesday as well.

"When you say offensive line and the NFL together, Larry Allen is – if not the guy – one of the top couple of guys you think of in the history of this league," Martin said. "He's meant a lot to this organization and to offensive linemen everywhere."

"I was fortunate to have a little bit of interaction with him at training camp in my rookie year. He would shoot me some texts before games. Obviously, thoughts are with his family. I got to play with his son for a year at training camp, so thoughts with him."

Assistant defensive line coach Greg Ellis shared a story on Tuesday about how he got knocked down by Allen in his rookie year training camp and how it was a wake-up call for him in the NFL.

"Huge, huge loss," Ellis said of his former teammate. "It's deep hurt. As a rookie, I didn't know a lot about Larry because he was still a young player, but I quickly learned a lot about him. You talk about somebody that left his mark on the NFL, he obviously did that."