It’s past time that Philadelphia Eagles legend Eric Allen gets his due

Eric Allen #21, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Eric Allen #21, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /

How is Philadelphia Eagles legend Eric Allen not in the Hall of Fame already?

Call it a sham, a snub, or just one of the NFL’s long-time unsolved mysteries. There are guys who had to wait much too long for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, legendary Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Harold Carmichael for instance. There are former NFL stars whose inclusion might be debatable (Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb). Once you get past those guys, we reach another category. We find misses that are flat-out misses by the voting committee.

Can anyone formulate an appropriate or reasonable argument for why Eric Allen isn’t in the Hall of Fame yet? His exclusion is a travesty. Legends and current Hall of Famers like Deion Sanders have noticed it. You know the Eagles fan base knows it. The question is why hasn’t the Hall figured it out? At some point, serious questions need to be asked.

This guy is a legend. He needs to be given his due, but if you’re a Birds fan, don’t flip your wig as the ITI staff has done on several occasions.

If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, there may be some good news coming.

Here’s a development in the curious case of Mr. Allen. Two days before we all set up shop somewhere to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 25 Modern-Era Semifinalists for its Class of 2021. Yep, Allen is on the list.

He’s accompanied by a who’s who of former NFL royalty: defensive end Jared Allen, tackle Willie Anderson, defensive back Ronde Barber, linebacker Cornelius Bennett, tackle Tony Boselli, safety
LeRoy Butler, guard Alan Faneca, safety Rodney Harrison, wide receiver Torry Holt, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, safety John Lynch, quarterback Peyton Manning (we’re pretty sure that he’s getting in), and linebacker Clay Matthews.

Don’t forget about Sam Mills, defensive end Richard Seymour, special-teamer Steve Tasker, running back Fred Taylor, linebacker Zach Thomas, wide receiver Hines Ward, wide receiver Reggie Wayne, linebacker Patrick Willis, cornerback Charles Woodson, safety Darren Woodson, and defensive tackle Bryant Young. All are deserving, but the Hall can’t continue to overlook Allen.

In 226 career games, including nine in the playoffs, Allen made 222 starts and racked up 787 tackles and 54 interceptions. 408 of those tackles and five of those picks came in an Eagles jersey. He’s a six-time Pro Bowl nod (1989, 1991–1995). He’s a member of the Eagles 75th Anniversary Team and the Eagles Hall of Fame. Now, he deserves to have his bust carved and placed in Canton, Ohio. Again, it’s going to be hard to justify why he isn’t if the committee doesn’t do the right thing this time around.

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The Class of 2021 will be announced during the week that leads up to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 is scheduled for enshrinement on Sunday, August 8th of 2021. If you’re an Eagles fan, keep your fingers crossed that this is Allen’s time. He’s never made it to this point of the voting process before.