Stories of the legendary feats performed by former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro offensive lineman, Larry Allen, are still circulating to this very day. And it’s been 15 years since Allen hung up his cleats and retired from the NFL.
From his ability to bench press an incredible 705 pounds, to his jaw-dropping chasing down of a New Orleans Saints linebacker to prevent a pick six, to his hilarious and memorable Hall of Fame induction speech, Allen’s legend has only grown since his playing days.
And now you can add yet another humorous story to Allen’s growing legend. This one comes from former two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes. On a recent episode of the The BTM Podcast (Behind The Mask), Spikes recalled a play where he thought he had caught Allen pulling and had an opportunity to get a good shot on him, only to find out why he’s a Hall of Famer.
” … when you look at tape of Larry Allen, he was the type of player that he was going to punish you … I remember playing against him … I don’t care how strong you are as a lineman, if I can catch you while you’re pulling before you come around the corner and get your shoulders square, I got you … So [Larry Allen] came around and I felt I caught him before he got square. I gave him all of this 237-pound, everything! Man, I just felt like I hit the hardest damn wall I’d ever run into. I couldn’t move man, he put those meat cleavers on me … I just remember as I was going back, whatever you do don’t fall because he is going to supplant you. And everyone in the league is going to see Spikes got folded up like a folding chair. Pancaked! Molly Whopped!”Takeo Spikes talking about Larry Allen on the BTM Podcast
You can watch the entire hilarious segment below, although it should be considered NSFW as it does include some profanity.
During his illustrious 14-year career, Larry Allen racked up seven first-team All-Pro honors (six at guard, one at tackle), 11 Pro Bowl nominations, and helped the Cowboys win a Super Bowl title in 1995. Allen was elected to the 1990’s and 2000’s All-Decade Teams, the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team, and was inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.