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Biofile with Marcus Allen

Published by on September 12, 2011 filed under BioFiles   ·   Comments (0)
Biofile with Marcus Allen  | read this item

Status: Hall of Fame NFL running back for Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs from 1982-1997.

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 210

DOB: March 26, 1960 In: San Diego, CA

Childhood Heroes: “Muhammad Ali. (Meet him?) First time I met him he was at San Diego State, he was doing some pre-fight publicity there. I had an opportunity to meet him there. I think I was maybe 10-11 years old. Just shook his hand.”

Nicknames: “None I can really think of right now.”

Hobbies/Leisure Activities: “I’m a big golfer. I love golf. Love chess. Very few people play chess. Played tennis a long time ago, don’t play any more.”

Favorite Movies: “Oh gosh man, there’s a lot of them. Hard to pin down. I’d have to say sports films – let’s say Hoosiers. Brian’s Song. Field Of Dreams I really liked a lot. I’m sure I’m missing some.”

Musical Tastes: “I’m not into [laughs]. I’m into all music. I have an appreciation for all music.”

Favorite Meal: “Breakfast. I love pancakes, man [laughs]. Pineapple upside down pancakes. You gotta go in Hawaii to get ‘em.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Granola.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Chunky Monkey, man [smiles].”

Early Football Memory: “Ten years old, played Pop Warner football. I was a defensive back. And they never challenged me [smiles]. They’d run my way a few times in a game, then they figured out that wasn’t a good thing to do, so.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “That’s kind of hard to say. I’ve had so many of them. I guess really just playing my final game. For me, personally, a culmination of a long dream of playing in the NFL. And excelling at it, the level I wanted to. Because it was my last game of my professional career. That’s what I had set out to do as a kid. Just a great moment because I realized everything that I wanted to do. And that day was a special day because I was no longer gonna do what I wanted to do.”

Most Painful Moment: “Really didn’t have any. No painful moments. There’s no such thing as pain and failure in my world. By virtue of trying to succeed. And so every time I went out there, I succeeded, where most people were afraid to attempt to do. The journey, beginning and end, was great. Even what people consider painful moments with the Raiders and so forth. It was all a wonderful journey. Great experience. Learned a lot. Benefited from all those things. So there’s no pain whatsoever. It’s all perspective.”

Closest NFL Friends: “I’ve got a lot. Ronnie Lott is probably my best friend.”

Toughest Competitors Encountered: “It’s always yourself, man. It’s the one challenge. It’s really never the guys that you face. It’s about you. It’s about you excelling every single day. Crossing that line that you haven’t crossed before. Biggest challenge is self. Never the opponent. All due respect to all the players that I played against. It was me.”

Favorite Athletes To Watch: “I like to watch all the running backs. I have a lot of favorite players. I’m a fan of all the guys that are playing. I don’t choose one particular team. I have friends who play for all teams so I just sort of pull for the individual rather than the team. I’m a big tennis fan. I like all of them.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “Intellect. Courage. My two biggest qualities I admire most in people.”

Career Accomplishments: Super Bowl MVP 1983; Super Bowl Champion with Raiders in 1983; 1981 Heisman Trophy winner at USC; Six Pro Bowl appearances; Rushed for 12,243 yards, caught 587 passes and scored 145 touchdowns; inducted to NFL Hall of Fame in 2003.

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