Just days away from his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, former Cowboys offensive lineman Larry Allen is being remembered fondly by some of his peers.
This list includes John Madden--always the fan of a dominant offensive lineman--who told reporters this week that Allen wasn’t just one of the best linemen he ever saw--he may have also been the most feared by the poor souls who had to line up across the line from him., though, being NFL players, they would never admit it
“You didn’t sleep easy the night before, hoping you get to play against Larry Allen,” Madden said, per ESPN Dallas. “They knew it. There’s no pro football player that has a fear of another guy that plays on that level, but he was so doggone strong and there wasn’t much you could do against him.”
Just what made Allen so great?
Let Madden count the ways.
“He had everything,” Madden said. “That was the thing he had. He had strength and knew how to use it. There are a lot of guys that have strength and power and don’t use it. There are other guys that don’t have it and go and get beat. He was the type of guy that could use it at the line of scrimmage and use that in space. He could pull and get at defensive back downfield and he could block at the point of attack and pass protect. That’s what makes a great player. You don’t say he had one thing. He had everything.”
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