As the old saying goes, "Behind every great man there stands a great woman."
One of those men is newly enshrined Hall of Fame offensive lineman Larry Allen.
Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class on Saturday and gave a speech to the Canton crowd that lasted over 16 minutes.
The former Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers lineman touched on topics like bench-pressing and performance-enhancing drugs and spoke from his heart during the speech, showing a softer side that defensive linemen in the late 1990s probably wish had been part of his demeanor sooner.
Allen also thanked his wife, Janelle, for her love and support over the course of his career. The pair have three children together, and the one-time Super Bowl champion had no problem sharing an interesting story about how their lives first became connected.
Let's just put it this way: The key to Larry Allen's heart was firmly attached to his love for a good meal. His future wife must have known that from the beginning, as she prepared a meal that included some of the 11-time Pro Bowler's favorites the first time they ever went out.
Some of the highlights included two chickens, fries and a cake. For those wondering at home, it's a meal many current NFL linemen (like Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher) would love to devour:
Lol 2 chickens and a baked cake...stole his heart quick fast! #HOF Larry Allen.— Michael Oher (@MichaelOher) August 4, 2013
It's a story that's larger than life, kind of like Allen's Hall of Fame career.