Marcus Allen Wins Heisman Trophy
The fourth running back from the University of Southern California to win the Heisman Trophy, Marcus Allen did it by being the first rusher to cover more than 2,000 yards in one season.
He finished his senior year with 2,342 yards. Marcus was the first man to have 4 straight 200-yard plus games. On October 31, 1982 in USC's 41-7 win over Washington State, Allen toted up 289 yards on 44 carries and scored 4 touchdowns. Drafted in the First Round by the Oakland Raiders and retired from the Kansas City Chiefs after the 1997 season. He has been voted the MVP of the Super Bowl and of the NFL and is the leading rusher in Raider history. Marcus can now be seen on the NFL Network.
Marcus was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1999.
Southern Cal's Marcus Allen won five of the six sections and outdistanced Georgia's Herschel Walker, 441-204, in first place votes. Walker's second place finish was the highest for a sophomore since Glenn Davis of Army in 1944.
Marcus LeMarr Allen (born March 26, 1960 in San Diego, California) is a former American football player, and until recently affiliated with CBS as a game analyst. As a professional, Allen ran for 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes for 5,412 yards during his career for both the Los Angeles Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs from 1982 to 1997. He scored 145 touchdowns including a then league record 123 rushing touchdowns and was elected to six Pro Bowls when he retired. He was also a fairly good passer for a running back, completing 12 of 27 passes for 285 yards and 6 touchdowns, with only 1 interception. Allen was the first player ever to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards during his career.
Allen is considered as one of the greatest goal line and short-yardage runners in National Football League history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. His younger brother, Damon Allen, played quarterback for 23 seasons in the Canadian Football League and is Pro football's all-time leader in passing yards.
Allen is a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
High school & college He played football at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego, California where he played the quarterback and safety positions.
Allen played running back at the University of Southern California from 1978 to 1981.He was recruited as a defensive back, but Head Coach John Robinson switched him to tailback. ath"/> He spent his first season at USC as a backup to Heisman Trophy winning running back Charles White American football Charles White. In 1979, he was moved to fullback. In 1980, he became a starter at tailback and rushed for 1,563 yards, the second most in the nation that year. Then in 1981, Allen had one of the most spectacular seasons in NCAA history. He rushed for 2,342 yards, becoming the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season."/> He also gained a total of 2,683 offensive yards, led the nation in scoring, and won the Heisman Trophy,the Maxwell Award,and Walter Camp Award and was also the Pac-10 player of the year. Allen shares the NCAA record for most 200-yard rushing games with Ricky Williams and Ron Dayne] at twelve games.
USC has retired his jersey number (#33), and coach John Robinson called Allen "The greatest player I ever saw". December 14, 2006, Marcus Allen hosted the USC Football Awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
Marcus Allen, USC's fourth Heisman Trophy winner, was college football�s first 2,000-yard rusher.
When he captured the award in 1981, Marcus set 14 new NCAA records and tied two others, including most yards rushing in a single season (2,342), highest per-game average (212.9), most 200-yard games in a career (11), most 200-yard games in a season (8) and most 200-yard games in a row (5).
Allen also led the Trojans in receiving with 30 and 34 catches in each of his last two seasons.