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Terry Allen (running back)

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Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-02-21) February 21, 1968 (age 47)
Place of birth: Commerce, Georgia
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Career information
High school: Homer (GA) Banks Co.
College: Clemson
NFL draft: 1990 / Round: 9 / Pick: 241
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Games played: 130
Carries: 2,152
Rushing yards: 8,614
Rushing average: 4.3
Receiving yards: 1,601
Total touchdowns: 79
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Terry Thomas Allen, Jr. (born February 21, 1968) is a former American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. Allen played college football for Clemson University. In the 1990 NFL Draft, he was selected in the ninth round by the Minnesota Vikings.

Professional career

Minnesota Vikings

His rookie year, he was the second string running back behind Herschel Walker. The next year, the Vikings got rid of Walker and Allen was named the starter. That year, he rushed for 1,201 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 49 passes for 478 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the summer of 1993, Allen tore his ACL in practice and was out the whole 1993 season. In 1994, Allen returned. Despite dealing with two bad ACL's, he was able to amass 1,031 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. However, due to the artificial turf tearing up his knees, he then decided it was time to go.

Washington Redskins

After Minnesota, he joined the Washington Redskins and wasting no time in his first year, he ran for 1,309 yards with 10 rushing touchdowns. During the 1996 season, his second with the Redskins, he gathered 21 rushing touchdowns; only 9 other running backs ever rushed for over 20 touchdowns in a single season. He also had another career best in the 1996 season; besides 21 rushing touchdowns, he ran for 1,353 yards, which earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl. After the 1996 season, he played with Washington for only two more seasons and ran for 700 or more yards in each season.

In July 1997, Allen was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and fleeing the police at high speed before crashing his sports car into a peach tree in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

New England Patriots

In 1999, he played for the New England Patriots, where he ran for nearly 900 yards with 8 rushing touchdowns.

New Orleans Saints

He had the worst season of his career with the New Orleans Saints in 2000, when he was forced into action after starting RB Ricky Williams broke his ankle.

Baltimore Ravens

Even though he had a subpar season with the Saints, in 2001 the Baltimore Ravens signed him to a one year deal due to losing Jamal Lewis for the season.


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Preceded by
Robert Edwards
New England Patriots' Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Kevin Faulk
Preceded by
Ricky Ervins
Washington Redskins' Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Stephen Davis
Preceded by
Herschel Walker
Minnesota Vikings' Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Robert Smith