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9. Larry Allen

Sonoma State is no football factory, and it would take Larry Allen in 1994 to become the first player to be drafted from that institution.

The second rounder would be plugged into the starting Right Tackle role due to the injury to the incumbent Erik Williams.  He did well enough to make the All-Rookie Team, and he helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XXX.  In the next three seasons, he moved to Right Guard, where he was a Pro Bowl in all of them, and a First Team All-Pro in the last two.

1998 saw Allen move to Left Tackle, where he again was a Pro Bowler and First Team All-Pro.  The gargantuan Allen moved to Left Guard in 1999, which would be the last position change that he undertook, but again, he was a dominant player.  The man considered to be one of the strongest players in the game, was a First Team All-Pro again for the first three years at that new position, making that six in a row.  2001 ended the Pro Bowl streak of six, but he began a new four-year run in 2003, but only the first three were in Dallas, as he was released after the ’05.  That last Pro Bowl was in a San Francisco 49ers uniform.

Allen earned the honors of being on the 1990s All-Decade Team, 2000s All-Decade Team, and the 100th Anniversary Team.

Allen would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013, which was two years after his selection to the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Offensive Lineman
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 46th Overall of the NFL Draft 4/24/94.
  • Departed: Released 3/26/06.
  • Games Played: 176
  • Notable Statistics:

    170 Games Started

    4 Fumble Recoveries

    119 Approximate Value
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XXX)

    First Team All-Pro (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001)

    Second Team All-Pro (1995)

    Pro Bowl Selection (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 & 2005)

    All-Rookie (1994)
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