Cowboys Hall of Famer Larry Allen dies suddenly at age 52


Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame offensive lineman Larry Allen tragically passed away suddenly on Sunday while vacationing with his family in Mexico, as announced by the team on Monday. He was 52 years old.

The team paid tribute to Larry, highlighting his exceptional athleticism, incredible strength, and his status as one of the most esteemed and accomplished offensive linemen in NFL history. His versatility, dependability, and inspirational leadership made him a role model for many players, epitomizing greatness in teamwork, competition, and winning.

Larry was deeply cherished by his family, including his wife Janelle, whom he lovingly referred to as his heart and soul, his daughters Jayla and Loriana, and his son Larry III. The Jones family and the Cowboys expressed their heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the Allen family, mourning alongside Larry’s numerous friends and teammates who held him dear. Details about the memorial service will be shared soon.

Beginning as a second-round pick from Sonoma State in 1994, Larry Allen swiftly rose to become one of the most dominant offensive linemen in the NFL. He earned 11 Pro Bowl selections and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Playing for the Cowboys from 1994 to 2005, he contributed to a Super Bowl victory in 1995 before concluding his career with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers also expressed their sympathies to the Allen family in a statement. Larry’s journey to success was marked by overcoming adversity, including a tough upbringing in Compton, California, where he courageously defended his brother by enduring 12 stab wounds. Despite facing challenges, he excelled at Butte College and later at Sonoma State, catching the attention of the Cowboys, who recognized his raw talent and drafted him 46th overall.

Throughout his career, Larry Allen provided crucial protection for Cowboys quarterbacks like Troy Aikman and Tony Romo, showcasing his unwavering dedication to the game and his teammates.

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