Jack Allen (American football)


  • Rose Bowl champion (2013)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2015)
  • First-team All-American (2015)

Jack Allen (born September 24, 1992) is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Michigan State. His younger brother Brian Allen was the 111th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.[1]

Early years and college

Allen attended Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois. He was also a State Champion in wrestling while in high school. He received first-team Associated Press All-America honors in 2015 while playing for the Michigan State Spartans football team.[2] That season, he even scored a touchdown on a hand-off against Penn State.[3]

Professional career

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1 in 296 lb 5.29 s 4.73 s 7.90 s 8 ft 5 in 23 rep

New Orleans Saints

On April 30, 2016, Allen signed an undrafted free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft.[5] On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Saints and was signed to the practice squad.[6] He was promoted to the active roster on December 10, 2016.[7]

On August 23, 2017, Allen was waived/injured by the Saints and placed on injured reserve.[8]

Chicago Bears

On July 28, 2018, Allen signed with the Chicago Bears.[9] He was waived on August 4, 2018.[10]

Kansas City Chiefs

On August 5, 2018, Allen was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs, but was waived two days later.[11][12]


  1. Michigan State's Brian Allen had good feeling L.A. Rams would draft him
  2. Ralph D. Russo, AP College Football Writer. "Michigan State's Jack Allen named AP first-team All-American". WXYZ. http://www.wxyz.com/sports/college-sports/michigan-states-jack-allen-named-ap-first-team-all-american.
  3. Kevin Trahan (November 28, 2015). "Michigan State's 296-pound center took a handoff and stiffarmed a defender like that's his job". SBNation.com. Vox Media. https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/11/28/9812266/michigan-state-center-jack-allen-piesman.
  4. "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Jack Allen". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/jack-allen?id=2555183.
  5. Jack Allen 'excited to prove myself' with Saints after going undrafted, Bob Narang, Pioneer Press, May 2, 2016.
  6. Gantt, Darin. "Saints cut Khalif Barnes, Travaris Cadet in getting roster to 53". http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/09/03/saints-cut-khalif-barnes-travaris-cadet-in-getting-roster-to-53/.
  7. "Saints Promote C Jack Allen To Active Roster". December 10, 2016. http://nfltraderumors.co/saints-promote-c-jack-allen-active-roster/.
  8. Erickson, Joel A. (August 23, 2017). "Saints sign Elijah Mitchell, waive Jack Allen with an injury". http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_b97b2ab4-8825-11e7-8e5d-0bd941174415.html.
  9. Williams, Charean (July 28, 2018). "Bears sign Jack Allen, waive Bunmi Rotimi". NBC Sports. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/07/28/bears-sign-jack-allen-waive-bunmi-rotimi/.
  10. "Bears waive OL Jack Allen, replace him with OL Kaleb Johnson". Bears Wire. USA Today. August 4, 2018. https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2018/08/04/bears-waive-ol-jack-allen-replace-him-with-ol-kaleb-johnson/.
  11. "Chiefs swap centers, waive Tejan Koroma and claim Jack Allen". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. August 5, 2018. https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2018/08/06/chiefs-swap-centers-koroma-allen/.
  12. "Jack Allen waived, Chiefs claim Ethan Cooper from Packers". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. August 7, 2018. https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2018/08/07/jack-allen-waived-chiefs-claim-ethan-cooper-from-packers/.
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