Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Southern California
  • High School: San Diego, CA (Abraham Lincoln HS)
  • Years: 1978-1981
  • Inducted: 2000
  • Place of Birth: San Diego, CA
  • Date of Birth: Mar 26, 1960
  • Jersey Number: 33
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 202

Member Biography

Marcus Allen played four years for Southern California. In his first two years he played some time at fullback. As part of his assignment, he blocked for Charles White, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1979. Allen moved to tailback, set records for rushing, and won the Heisman in 1981. He led his team in both receiving and rushing those last two years. In 1980 he rushed for 1,563 yards, second in the nation. In 1981 he rushed for 2,342. He led the nation in scoring, 12.5 points per game; rushing, 219.9 yards per game; and all-purpose running, 232.6 yards per game. In addition to the Heisman, he received the Maxwell Trophy and the Walter Camp Foundation and Pop Warner League designation as the Player of the Year. He was all-conference for the second time. Southern Cal retired his jersey No. 33. His coach, John Robinson, called him "the greatest player I ever saw." Allen came to Southern Cal from Lincoln High, San Diego. He was state high school Player of the Year in 1977 after scoring five touchdowns in the state championship game. Allen played in the NFL 1982-97 with the Raiders and Kansas City. He then began a broadcasting career with CBS TV.