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Jared Scot Allen (born April 3, 1982 in ) is an American football defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Idaho State. Allen is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro with the Chiefs in 2007 and the Vikings in 2008.

Early years

As a child, Allen competed in several junior rodeos in the calf roping and steer riding events. He also served as a roadie for Motorhead. Allen also grew up reining horses and currently owns three riding horses. Once his NFL career is over, he plans on returning to the rodeo to compete in steer wrestling. Allen's father, Ron, was once on the training camp roster of the Minnesota Vikings.

High School

Allen was one-year letter winner at Los Gatos High Schoolmarker under coach Butch Cattolico, his other 3 seasons spent at a different high school. As a senior he was named First-Team All-League, and he was named Defensive Player of the Year. He also was a First-Team All-Central Coast Section selection, and he was a member of Who’s Who in Sport. Despite what some people think, Allen was not selected to the California All-Star squad for the annual California/Texas All-Star Game. He was however, selected to the North squad for the North vs. South San Jose Charlie Wedemeyer all star football game, after a senior season where he racked up 96 tackles, 12 sacks, five forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. Additionally he was his team’s Most Valuable Player.

College career

Allen started 33 of 41 games during his career at Idaho State Universitymarker. The three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection finished his career with 250 tackles, 38.5 sacks, 73 stops for losses, seven fumble recoveries, three touchdowns, 13 forced fumbles, three interceptions, 26 pass deflections, and one blocked kick.

As a freshman in, 2000, Allen was originally slated to redshirt the season, but proved to be too good to sit for the year eventually played in eight games for the Bengals, and without any starts, he earned Honorable Mention All-Big Sky honors. In2001 Allen earned First-team All-Big Sky honors and led the Bengals with 16 tackles for loss and he also registered 6.5 sacks. As a junior in, 2002, Allen was named Second-team Division 1-AA All-American by the Associated Press and was also named First-team All-Big Sky for the second consecutive season, he led the team in sacks, tackles for loss with 18, and he led all Bengal lineman with 63 tackles.

In 2003, as a senior, Allen was the Buck Buchanan Award winner, recording 17.5 sacks, 102 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, and nine pass deflections during 2003, ranking among the Big Sky Conference leaders in several defensive categories. Allen, a First-team Division 1-AA All-America choice and First-team All-Big Sky for the third straight season, led ISU to an 8-4 record this season, helping the school post its first back-to-back eight win seasons in school history. Idaho State finished the regular season ranked No. 21 in the nation.

Career statistics

YEAR TEAM GP GS UA AT TT T/L Sacks FF FR PD INT
2000 Idaho State 8 0 10 26 36 11 4 0 0 8 1
2001 Idaho State 10 10 24 25 49 16 6.5 3 3 2 1
2002 Idaho State 11 11 30 33 63 18 10.5 1 4 7 1
2003 Idaho State 12 12 48 54 102 28 17.5 3 6 9 0
Totals 41 33 112 138 250 71 38.5 7 13 26 3
Key: GP - games played; GS - games started; UA - unassisted tackles; AT - assisted tackles; TT - total tackles; T/L - tackles for a loss; Sacks - ; FF – Forced fumble ; FR – Fumbles recovered; PD - passes deflected; Int - interceptions

Professional career

2004 NFL Draft

NFL Scouting Combine Measurables
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-6 * 265 lb * 4.72 * 1.68 * 2.74 * 4.34 * 7.11 * 33 in. * 10'00" * 13 * X


Kansas City Chiefs

Allen was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round (126th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft and signed a three-year, $1.24 million contract. Allen quickly became a fixture in rebuilding a Chiefs defense that ranked near last in the NFL.

In the NBC Sunday Night Football player introductions on December 17, 2006, Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers game, in a tradition carried over from Monday Night Football where the starters introduce themselves with name and school attended, Jared Allen said, "Home School, Thanks mom." Al Michaels, who serves as one of the play-by-play announcers, points out that Allen went to Idaho State Universitymarker, but adds, "that's the first time we've had one of those." On NBC Sunday Night Football against the Chicago Bears on November 30, 2008, Allen pulled a similar joke. During player introductions, Allen stated that he went to 'culinary academy.' However Jared did attend public school. Jared went to high school in Morgan Hill, Californiamarker at Live Oak High Schoolmarker for his sophomore and junior years. He then attended Los Gatos High Schoolmarker his senior year.

On May 21, 2007, Allen—a restricted free agent, signed the Chiefs' one-year tender offer of $2.35 million for the 2007 season. Allen credited his early 2007 season success to his mullet. With every quarterback sack Allen makes, he will shave a "racing stripe" into his hairstyle. On December 2, 2007, Allen caught a touchdown pass against divisional rival San Diego On December 23, 2007, Allen caught another touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions.

Allen was elected as starting defensive end for the American Football Conference in the 2007 Pro Bowl. He led the NFL in sacks (15.5) for 2007. Allen was also selected All-Pro team for 2007.

In February, 2008, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Allen giving him a one-year, $8.8 million salary for 2008.

Minnesota Vikings

Allen in 2008 NFC Wild Card Game
On April 22, 2008, the Chiefs traded Allen to the Minnesota Vikings. In exchange, the Vikings sent to the Chiefs a first-round pick, which they used to select OT Branden Albert, and two third-round picks and swapped sixth-round picks in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Vikings then signed Allen to a six-year contract, which at the time was the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history.Allen is due an $8 million roster bonus in 2010 per the six-year, $72.36 million contract he signed with the Vikings. The bonus is guaranteed for injury only. Allen's signing bonus is $15.5 million.

Through the 2008 season, Allen recorded 54 tackles including 14.5 sacks, with 3 forced fumbles while battling both knee and shoulder injuries throughout the season. He was named First-team All-Pro and selected to his second Pro Bowl. His first sack as a Viking was against the Colts when he sacked quarterback Peyton Manning. In his first playoff game as a Viking, Allen recorded 3 tackles along with 2 sacks and a forced fumble. Allen also forced a safety when he chased Dan Orlovsky out of the end zone during a Lions game. He also forced another safety in week 10 game against the Green Bay Packers, when he sacked Aaron Rodgers in the end zone.

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has addressed the arrival of quarterback Jay Cutler to the NFC North; “Twice a year, I’m gonna peel the back of his head off the turf. I love the guy but business is business” Allen recently said while interviewed backstage at the ACMs.

On October 5th, 2009 versus Packers, Allen set career high with 4.5 sacks, also had his 3rd safety in last two years. A week later against the St. Louis Rams he returned a fumble 52 yards for his first defensive touchdown of his career.

Legal troubles

Allen has been arrested/charged for DUI a total of three times. The first was in Pocatello, Idahomarker on May 11, 2002. He was then arrested twice within five months in Leawood, Kansasmarker on May 11, 2006 and on September 26, 2006. He was sentenced to 48 hours in jail as a result of the latter arrest.

In March 2007, Allen voiced his displeasure with the Chiefs' refusal to give him a long-term contract extension. No offers were made for Allen throughout free-agency due to the Chiefs' high tender for his trade (two first-round draft picks). On April 27, 2007, it was announced that Allen was suspended for the first four games of the 2007 Chiefs' season, and he returned to the Chiefs saying "will do everything [he] can to help bring a championship back to the great fans of KC." On May 22, Allen signed a one-year contract worth $2.35 million, but was liable to forfeit $552,941 of his contract because of a four-game suspension for driving under the influence. On July 16, Allen's suspension was reduced to two games following an appeal and thus he forfeited $287,500 of his 2007 salary.

Career statistics

Source: NFL.com

  Defense
Season Team GP GS TOT SOLO AST PD SACK FF FR INT
2004 Kan 15 10 31 29 2 0 9.0 0 0 0
2005 Kan 16 15 55 48 7 5 11.0 7 0 0
2006 Kan 16 16 77 65 12 11 7.5 3 0 1
2007 Kan 14 14 64 55 9 10 15.5 3 0 0
2008 Min 16 16 54 41 13 3 14.5 3 0 0
2009* Min 6 6 27 22 5 1 7.5 3 1 0
Total 83 77 308 260 48 30 65.0 19 1 1


*As of October 19, 2009

Personal life

Allen serves as an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and raises funds through his "Sack Diabetes" program. Allen was also an active role model in the JDRF's Children's Congress 2009.

Allen is an avid hunter and has interviewed with Field & Stream. He was among four NFL players that were sent overseas on a NFL-USO tour to visit with U.S. military troops. Jared Allen on coming on this NFL-USO tour: "It has been one of the best experiences of my life -- something that I'll never forget. We as players probably get more out of it than you do as soldiers and Marines."

References

  1. [1]
  2. Sports Network.com
  3. "Green expresses frustration; Chiefs re-sign Allen", Kansas City Star, May 22, 2007.
  4. NFL - San Diego Chargers/Kansas City Chiefs Box Score Sunday December 2, 2007 - Yahoo! Sports
  5. Associated Press. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3188207 LT, Moss, Brady named to AP All-Pro Team ESPN.com, 9 January 2008
  6. Clayton, John. Chiefs to put franchise tag on Allen, who wants to stay ESPN.com, 18 February 2008.
  7. [2]
  8. VIKES BUILD SOME PROTECTION INTO ALLEN DEAL
  9. Chiefs DE Allen to serve jail time for DUI in February 4 January 2007.
  10. Teicher, Adam. Green expresses frustration, Chiefs re-sign Allen Kansas City Star, 22 May 2007.
  11. Teicher, Adam. Suspension of Chiefs' Allen reduced to two games Kansas City Star, 17 July 2007.
  12. Jared Allen #69


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