Marcus Allen is a former running back in the National Football League and football analyst for CBS.
Allen began his football career at the University of Southern California, where he won the 1981 Heisman Trophy, was a consensus All-America choice and was named College Player of the Year by Football News. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
In 1982, he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders and was named Rookie of the Year. In 1984 Marcus won the Super Bowl XVIII MVP award. He joined the Chiefs as a free agent in 1993.
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 over the course of his career. Allen was the first NFL player to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards during his career.
Allen, third all-time in career touchdowns with 145, is also second on the NFL's all-time rushing touchdown list with 123. He is the NFL's all-time running-back leader in games played (222) and third in pass receptions (587), as well as seventh on the all-time list with 12,243 career rushing yards. A six-time Pro Bowler, Allen was the MVP of Super Bowl XVIII when the Raiders upended the Washington Redskins, 38-9. He held the NFL record for most consecutive games with 100 or more rushing yards with 11 (10/28/85-9/14/86), but his record was eclipsed by Barry Sanders' 14 games in 1997. Allen also possesses the third-highest NFL single-season mark for most rushing and receiving yards combined (2,314 in 1985). Allen was inducted Allen was also inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
Allen joined CBS Sports in 1998 as a studio analyst on the CBS Television Network's NFL broadcast team. Allen, a 16-year NFL veteran who played for the Chiefs and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, is teamed with Jim Nantz, Craig James, Randy Cross, Jerry Glanville and Mike Ditka on THE NFL TODAY. He was a feature reporter for the network until 2004.
In 2008, Allen joined as a spokesman for the sports website OPENSports.com, the brainchild of Mike Levy, founder and former CEO of CBS Sportsline.com. Allen wrote a blog and occasionally answered member questions for the company during this time.
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