Former American football player Marcus Allen played professionally with the Los Angeles Raiders from 1982 to 1992 and the Kansas City Chiefs from 1993 until his retirement in 1997. He was the 1982 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, the 1983 Super Bowl XVIII MVP, the 1985 NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year and the 1993 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. The running back was also chosen for the Pro Bowl in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1993 and the All-Pro in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1993. Allen played for University of Southern California from 1978 to 1981 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1981.
One of the greatest goal line and short yardage runners in NFL history, Allen was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Previously, he was named one of The Sporting News' “100 Greatest Football Players” (1999). After his retirement, Allen began a broadcasting career with CBS. He now works for the NFL Network.
Allen is close friends with Rob Lowe and his wife Sheryl. The ex-football legend has been married to Kathryn Eickstaedt since 1993.
Childhood and Family:
Marcus LeMarr Allen was born on March 26, 1960, in San Diego, California. His parents got his first name from the phone book. Marcus attended high school at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego and college at the University of Southern California.
On June 26, 1993, Marcus married Kathryn Eickstaedt, who guest starred as Lola in a 1989 episode of the long running comedy series “Married with Children.” He has a younger brother named Damon Allen.
Kansas City Chiefs
San Diego native Marcus Allen began playing football at Abraham Lincoln High School. In 1977, he was named High School Player of the Year after attaining five touchdowns in the state championship game. Allen carried his sport’s passion to college and spent 1978 to 1981 playing running back at the University of Southern California. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1981 for his efforts. Dubbed by Coach John Robinson as “The greatest player I ever saw,” Allen turned professional in 1982 when he was selected in that year's National Football League Draft. He played the runner back position for Los Angeles Raiders from 1982 to 1992.
A talented player, Allen was voted NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1982 after rushing 697 yards and leading the league in touchdowns with 14. He went on to show his talents the next season by scoring more than 1,000 yards, an achievement he would repeat in 1984 and 1985. One of his best moments also arrived that same year when he led the Raiders to win the Super Bowl XVIII after beating the Washington Redskins 38-9. In the victorious game, Allen ran 191 yards, caught 2 passes for 18 yards, and scored 2 touchdowns and took home the title of Super Bowl XVIII MVP. Two years later, in 1985, he won the NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year titles.
Allen's career suffered a setback during 1986 to 1988 and he was forced to miss much of the 1989 season because of a knee injury. In 1992, following two years as a part time player, he decided to quit the Raiders and continued his professional career with the Kansas City Chiefs. With the new team, Allen quickly proved he was back in the saddle again when he and teammate Joe Montana led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game in 1993. He led the AFC in touchdowns with 15 and was selected the 1993 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
After the impressive year, Allen stayed with the Chiefs for four more seasons, during which time he led the team in rushing from 1994 to 1996. He retired from football after the 1997 season.
Post his football career, Allen emerged as a broadcaster with CBS television. He left CBS in 2005 and currently works for the NFL Network. He also contributes to the football section on an Internet site.
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: 1993
NFL Most Valuable Player: 1985
NFL Offensive Player of the Year: 1985
Super Bowl XVIII MVP: 1983
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year: 1982
Heisman Trophy: 1981