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Old 01-11-2008, 08:25 PM   #1
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San Francisco's offense was thrown for a loss Thursday, when a source close to 49ers guard Larry Allen said the 11-time Pro-Bowl and future Hall-of-Fame selection is expected to retire.


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Larry Allen used his size and strength to open holes for running backs like Frank Gore and Emmitt Smith during his 14-year career.

One of the strongest lineman to ever play the game, the 6-foot-3, 325-pound Allen no longer has the appetite to maul opponents the way he did for 14 NFL seasons.

Until now, it was uncertain whether Allen wanted to return or whether the 49ers wanted him back. Allen is making the decision before anyone can make it for him.

Allen had to be persuaded to play this season and it will be, in the opinion of those who know him, next to impossible convince to do the same next season.

Last year, 49ers coach Mike Nolan excused Allen from the team's offseason workout program. When Allen finally reported, he showed up in possibly the best shape of his career.

But with San Francisco's performance dropping off this past season to the surprise and disappointment of many, Allen is unwilling to return to a team that is not viewed as being on the verge of winning a championship. At 36, Allen is financially secure and ready to move on to life without football.

Before he retires, Allen could decide to go through a ceremonial signing with Dallas so he could retire as a Cowboy. He and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones are particularly close; Dallas was the team that drafted Allen out of Sonoma State University in the second round of the 1994 draft with the 46th overall pick.

Allen could even wind up asking Jones to be his presenter when he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which could happen as early as 2013.

The Class of 2013 will be quite a potential class. It now could include Allen's former 49ers teammate, defensive linemen Bryant Young, another outstanding defensive in tackle Warren Sapp, and Allen.

For years, Allen was a lead blocker for the NFL's all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith. In Dallas, Allen played right guard, left guard and left tackle during his career ?- and dominated for much of his 12 seasons there. Dallas released Allen in March 2006, only to see him sign with the 49ers.


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i thought he was a great lineman for the boys and was good for SF
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:46 PM   #2
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As always I hate the Cowboys, unlike Micheal Irvin, Larry Allen deserves to go to the hall as soon as he is eligible. Sort of like Dermonti Dawson deserved to be there the first year he was eligible. I bet Allen doesn't have to wait though.
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Allen was the best in the business for many years. First ballot no doubt once he becomes eligible.
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i hope as well he gets in the 1st yr as well... and at the pro bowl skills challenge he always put out a lot of reps on bench press..
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i loved this guy... could have been even greaeter if he was a steeeler
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