One of the benefits for writing for Bleacher Report is the opportunity for an exclusive interview with your favorite football player. I recently talked to USC football legend Marcus Allen about the USC Trojans and college football and he gave great insights as expected.
We talked for an hour and addressed so many topics that it will take several articles to cover it all. This first one will address his thoughts about what makes a running back great, the importance of the rushing offense and defense and the future of USC Trojans and college football.
Subsequent articles during the next few weeks will include Marcus' thoughts on Lane Kiffin as coach of the Trojans, tailback by committee, benching players who fumble, NCAA sanctions, reasons college players take money, his reasons for picking USC and what it means to be a Trojan.
Marcus also discussed his association with Heisman House football legends and the Nissan fan Heisman Trophy ballot. That story is here.
He is one of the greatest football players in history and a terrific role model. Some of Marcus Allen’s accomplishments include:
- Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award – 1981
- NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year – 1982
- Super Bowl MVP — 1983
- NFL Offensive Player of the Year and NFL MVP – 1985
- NFL Comeback Player of the Year —1993
- College Football Hall of Fame Inductee — 2000
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee – 2003
Here is what Marcus had to say about running backs and the future of USC and college football.