Eric Allen

''This article is about Eric Allen, the NFL analyst. For the bassist of The Apples in Stereo, see Eric Allen (musician).

Eric Andre Allen (born November 22, 1965 in San Diego, California) is a former professional American football cornerback who played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and Oakland Raiders from 1988 to 2001.

Allen played high school football at Point Loma High School, played college football at Arizona State and was selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Allen retired from football after the 2001 season and is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN. In his NFL career, he recorded 54 interceptions for 827 yards and eight touchdowns, while also recovering seven fumbles. His 54 interceptions ranks twentieth all-time.

Allen played for the Philadelphia Eagles for seven seasons and the New Orleans Saints for three. He is the only NFL player to run back three interceptions for scores in two seasons. Through the 2001 season, Allen played in 214 of a possible 217 games.

Allen blew out his knee during the 1998 season. Allen had a season to remember in 2000, with seven interceptions -- including a team-record three for touchdowns. His teammates honored him with the first annual Eric Turner award for the Raiders' most outstanding defensive player. The award was created in the memory of the Oakland free safety who died in the offseason of stomach cancer.

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