On Saturday afternoon it was announced Larry Allen would be latest Dallas Cowboy to join the Hall of Fame. While there has been some thought of a Cowboys bias in Hall of Fame voting, Allen is just one of the growing number of players from the “90’s” Cowboys teams to make it in the Hall of Fame joining Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith and Michael Irvin.
Larry Allen was a 2nd round draft pick out of Sonoma State in 1994, which would be the first time the Cowboys would select an offensive lineman that high in the draft. During his rookie season he started 10 games for the Cowboys, which tied a franchise record for a rookie lineman starting. He also earned all-rookie team honors for his stellar rookie season, which was just the beginning for Allen.
In his 2nd season with the Cowboys, he would not only help the team win their 3rd Super Bowl in four years, but he would also get voted into his first of seven consecutive pro bowls. He would earn a start in that Super Bowl; it would be the last time the Cowboys and Larry Allen would play in a Super Bowl. But even while the Cowboys were not great, Allen was a key contributor to the team and was key for the Cowboys in their rushing attack and protecting Troy Aikman.
He would end his time with the Cowboys in 2005 and go on to play two more years for the San Francisco 49ers. But when it came time to retire, Allen would come back to the Dallas Cowboys; He would sign a one day contract with Cowboys on August 29, 2008 and officially retire as a Dallas Cowboy. Allen would finish his career being named to the all decade teams for the 90’s and 2000’s and played in 11 pro bowls.
Larry Allen was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys ring of Honor on November 6th, 2011 and was named to the Hall of Fame this past weekend. Larry Allen wasn’t known as much of a talker during his time in the NFL, so expect his enshrinement speech to be fairly quick.