At least, those born before the JaMarcus Russell era enjoyed Allen. The rest of Raiders fans have only seen his highlights on Twitter. Poor them.
Allen, a Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Southern California, carved through defenses and burst through goal-line holes during a legendary NFL career. Although his nephew Harrison is thriving at the high school level, the younger Allen has no interest in following in his uncle’s footsteps.
Marcus Allen’s nephew, Harrison, has no interest in pursuing a professional football career
Thousands of high school football players across the country dream of playing in college. Harrison Allen isn’t among them.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the senior intends on pursuing a fashion career in college. He said he views football as “an outlet,” and he’s not “committed enough” to play beyond high school.
“I feel like it was definitely expected of me to be [in Division I], go to college. But I just want to do my own wave … do what I feel was best for me.”Harrison Allen
Rather than attend college, Allen is prepared to accept a job offer with La Ropa, a fashion brand.
According to MaxPreps, Allen ran for 893 yards on 4.9 yards per attempt and scored 14 total touchdowns during the spring season at Loyola High School. He transferred to Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High earlier this year upon deciding he would not enroll in college.
As of publication, Dorsey High did not list team statistics on its MaxPreps page. The LA Times story, which went online on Oct. 10, estimated Allen had rushed for approximately 600 yards in three games.
Russell Westbrook is among the notable professional athletes who have profited from the fashion industry
You’ll be forgiven if the idea of athletes and fashion immediately brings to mind colorful suits and custom shoes. Actually, the two worlds are far more intertwined.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook landed a signature shoe, the Why Not Zer0.1, in 2018. But did you know that a year earlier, the perennial All-Star created his own fashion line, Honor The Gift?
Venus and Serena Wiliams each created their own clothing brands. Venus has EleVen, which specializes in fitness and tennis clothing, and Serena named her brand, which includes casual and formal wear, after herself.
We could name plenty of other athletes who have ventured into fashion, but few will ever dream of reaching Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand. The six-time NBA champion has watched his net worth sit around $2 billion through his company and his partnership with Nike.
Jordan Brand added everyone from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to WNBA star Maya Moore this year. Given Jordan’s eye for talent, don’t be surprised if Harrison Allen eventually pops up on His Airness’ radar.
Allen did enough for the Raiders to where his nephew may have an opportunity reserved if he’s ever interested
For now, Allen has no interest in following his uncle into the NFL. That’s bad news for Raiders fans who want to see history potentially repeat, but this time in Sin City.
In 11 seasons with the then-Los Angeles Raiders from 1982-92, Allen rushed for 8,545 yards and 79 touchdowns on 4.1 yards per attempt. He added another 961 yards and eight scores in 10 playoff games, including a Super Bowl 18 victory over the Washington Football Team. The second-year running back earned Super Bowl MVP honors that night after rushing for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
A six-time Pro Bowler, Allen earned NFL MVP honors when he ran for a league-high 1,759 rushing yards in 1985. He spent the final five years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs and scored 44 touchdowns in 77 games.
Considering the Raiders’ recent Jon Gruden scandal and lack of playoff victories over the last 20 years, we think the team needs a distraction. It’s time for Raiders owner Mark Davis to bring his legendary running back home — er, we mean fly him to Las Vegas — and have his nephew design a promotional giveaway.