Allen Named One Of Chargers' Best Ever

Jan. 21, 2010

SEATTLE - In the late 1950's, a young, aggressive head coach took over the Washington football program and was looking for a few committed players to lead the Huskies into national prominence.

One of the key performers for Coach Jim Owens, who helped lead the team to consecutive Rose Bowl victories and the 1960 national title, was honorable mention All-America Chuck Allen.

After his Husky playing days were over, Allen went on to a career with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers and was recently named one of 53 players and coaches selected as the Greatest Chargers of all time during the team's 50th Anniversary Season.

'This is an amazing list of athletes and coaches,' said Chargers President Dean Spanos. 'These names bring back so many great memories for me. It really makes you appreciate the rich history and tradition of this team and organization.'

The Greatest Chargers listed included seven Pro Football Hall of Fame members, four NFL Man of the Year winners and 11 current players. They were introduced on the field at Qualcomm Stadium prior to the Chargers-Chiefs game on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Allen was also recently recognized by a Chargers unofficial blog, 'Bolts From The Blue,' as the second-best player ever to wear the number #50 for the organization.

Here is an excerpt from the blog:

'For those of us who never knew him or saw him play, Chuck Allen was really good! One of the best in Charger history, in fact. There were a lot of stars on that AFL team's defense, but Allen was arguably the straw that stirred the drink.

Stats don't really do the man justice, mainly because there is no record of exactly how many tackles he made. But he did amass 20 interceptions in eight seasons as a Linebacker!

Those AFL years were a magical time for the Chargers. The team was under .500 only once, and they had more successive years over .500 than any time since then. And Allen was there for all of it (except for the L.A. year, which doesn't really count anyway).

He was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1984, and was voted one of the 50 Greatest Chargers this past year. That SHOULD be enough to win a Golden Jersey. In fact, no one should have been allowed to wear number 50 after him. But many did. And (only) one has worn it longer than any player has worn any other number in Charger history.'

Allen, a Cle Elum, Wash. native, was named a honorable mention All-America in 1959 by both the Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI) and was an all-Pac-10 selectin in 1959 and 1960. He was invited to play in the 1961 Hula Bowl and was drafted by both the AFL (LA Chargers) and the NFL (LA Rams).

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