It may be the offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles, but it doesn't mean their players can't do extraordinary things. The latest highlight comes from wide receiver Devon Allen. He had a big day at the 2023 USATF NYC Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium in New York.
Allen who had a standout track and field career as a member of the University of Oregon before playing football, continues to participate in his signature event. He's a beast in the 110-meter hurdles.
On Saturday, he ran the event in just 13.04 seconds and placed second. His time was his latest personal best and the fourth fastest in the entire world this year. His resume is filled with moments in which he has competed against numerous Olympians, Olympic hopefuls, and World Champions.
Check out his most recent effort.
Devon Allen's track career and recapping what he has done for the Eagles
A two-sport athlete, Allen attended the University of Oregon to play football and run track. He had a productive freshman campaign as a receiver for the Ducks in 2014, recording 684 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He would play football for two more seasons, but he suffered an ACL tear and focused more on his track career. That decision has worked well for him.
As a hurdler, he was among the best in the nation. Allen placed second in the PAC 12 Championship, first at the NCAA Championship, and first in the USA Championship in 2014.
He was a national champion again in 2016 and also placed first in the United States Olympic trials. At the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, he placed fifth.
After his college career was complete, Allen trained for the opportunity to compete in future Olympic games and World Championships. He was just one spot from an Olympic Medal in the 2021 Tokyo Games with a time of 13.10 seconds. He nearly beat that time in the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon but was disqualified because of a false start.
Even with being productive on the track, Allen is still focused on football. He participated in Oregon's Pro Day a year ago with the hope of joining an NFL team. Allen caught the eye of the Eagles' where he competed for a roster spot and eventually joined the team on the practice squad.
Allen had just one catch in the 2022 preseason, which was a 55 yard reception for a touchdown in Philly's 21-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. He did not appear in any regular season games, but will compete for a spot this year.
With the Eagles fortunate enough to have receivers like A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, the chance of Allen getting a spot is very slim. Quez Watkins, Britain Covey, and even Greg Ward have regular season experience also, and should be able to fill the reserve roles. Allen would really have to make an impact on special teams potentially as a returner to get consideration for the practice squad again.
Even though he hasn't made his mark on the field for the Eagles yet, it's awesome to see him gain recognition in another sport. It will be exciting to see him during training camp, open practice, and during this year's preseason.