Philadelphia Eagles legend Eric Allen is one of the most underrated players in NFL history.
There are snubs, and there are instances in which we have to begin discussing disrespect and how intolerable it’s become. How on Planet Earth is Eric Allen not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
Philadelphia selected Allen with the 30th-overall selection in 1988. In those days, that made you a second-round selection, which he was. We can state without fear of rebuttal that the decision worked out very well for the franchise.
Allen was a First-Team All-Pro in 1989. He was a Second-Team All-Pro in 1991 and 1993. Before that, he was named a member of the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team in 1988. He’s the co-owner, along with Ken Houston and Jim Kearney, of the NFL record for the most interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season with four of them coming in 1993.
In 111 career regular-season games with 110 starts, Allen racked up 408 tackles, two sacks, 34 interceptions, and five defensive touchdowns. He also appeared in five playoff games.
For his career, he has 275 more career tackles than Deion Sanders. He has one more career interception. Please remind us again why this man isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Don’t worry. We’ll wait.