Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones presented the franchise's legendary offensive lineman Larry Allen for enshrinement ahead of the 11-time Pro Bowler's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.
Jones was effusive in his praise of Allen, calling him the best interior lineman in the history of the game to start out his testimony in a video, courtesy of NFL Network:
At 6'3" and 325 pounds with plenty of attitude and a relentless work ethic, it's easy to see how Allen became one of the most prolific offensive linemen in the history of the league. What was amazing about Allen is that he played every position up front except for center and was effective at all of them.
That type of versatility is bound to land someone in Canton, and the 41-year-old Allen didn't have to wait terribly long for it to happen.
Another key part of Jones' enshrinement presentation was his reference to the fact that Allen was relatively unheralded as a second-round draft pick. Especially since Allen was from a lesser known school in Sonoma State, Jones said some of the scouts looked at each other with uncertainty.
As it turns out, taking a second-round flier on Allen turned out to be well worthwhile. Jones called Allen the "toughest, strongest, fastest and quickest" man of such massive size that he's ever seen.
Did Larry Allen warrant first-ballot Hall of Fame status?
The Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX with a stacked offense featuring running back Emmitt Smith, wide receiver Michael Irvin and quarterback Troy Aikman. However, part of the reason that unit was so prolific was due to the blocking prowess of Allen up front.
It makes sense that Jones would positively spin an extended monologue about one of his former players as much as possible, but it wasn't necessary for him to push that at all in this instance.
As wonderful as the words Jones had for Allen were, the recent inductee made the most of his Saturday speech. With zinging one-liners, evident passion and even a story about his wife on their first date, everyone was buzzing about Allen:
All the hyperbole used to describe Allen is accurate and justified, and he now deservedly has his bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.