Jared Allen Celebrity LifeJared Allen is a retired American football player who made his name in the game as a defensive end. He represented NFL teams such as Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, and Carolina Panthers.
Early Life and College Years
Born in Dallas, Texas, on April 3, 1982, Allen was raised in California. Even though Allen’s early years were spent in a horse ranch, he showed great enthusiasm for football and his father encouraged him to follow his dreams.
His talent as a football player came to the fore during his senior year in Los Gatos High School. His 12 sacks and 96 tackles made him a force to be reckoned with.
His performances led him to be crowned the Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and also being named to First-Team All-League.
For four years on the bounce, Allen was named to the team of the All-Big Sky Conference. His reputation as a defensive end was furthered in his senior year in college, as he received the Buck Buchanan Award, which heralded him as the nation’s best defensive football player.
In 2004, Allen signed his first professional contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 2004 – 2005 campaign saw him appear in 15 games and notch up 9 sacks (the best in the team).
2005-2006 saw him improve on his past season’s work, as he made 11 sacks and 55 tackles. He continued in the same vein in 2006 – 2007.
2007 – 2008 was even more impressive, as his solid performances culminated with him appearing for the AFC as a starting defensive end in the 2007 Pro Bowl. He also made the 2007 All-Pro team.
In 2008, Allen signed a six-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings. At the time, it was the most lucrative deal ever made in the NFL for a defensive player.
Allen’s rich vein of form continued into 2009, as he ended yet another season with an incredible 51 tackles and 14.5 sacks. A 2009 Pro Bowl appearance was the icing on the cake.
While Allen’s 2010 season started slowly, his form picked up after a few games and he finished yet another season on an incredible high.
The 2011 – 2012 season saw Allen become the first player in Vikings’ history to finish the season with 22 sacks. His rock-solid defensive performances saw him ranked #13 on the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2012.
2014 saw Allen make a switch to the Chicago Bears. Even though his start to the season was marred by pneumonia and a subsequent loss of weight, he eventually recovered and finished the season with 52 tackles and 5.5 sacks. In the 2015 season, Allen was primarily deployed as an outside linebacker.
In September 2015, Allen moved to the Carolina Panthers and in early 2016, he appeared in Super Bowl 50. Just 11 days later, Allen officially announced his retirement via a tweet.
His dream of retiring as a Viking came true in April 2016, owing to a one-day contract that he signed with the Vikings.
Life after Football
Allen turned to the sport of curling after his football career and formed a team with former NFL players for competing in a World Curling Tour event. However, he did not see much success in his curling endeavors.
Today, Allen is a respected businessman and owns an audio/video technology firm, a professional bull riding team, and several restaurants. Allen and his wife Amy had their first child in 2011 and named her Brinley Noelle Allen.
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