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Damon Allen bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Damon Allen

Playing Career

Edmonton Eskimos
1985 - 1988, 1993 - 1994

Ottawa Rough Riders
1989 - 1991

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Memphis Mad Dogs

BC Lions
1996 - 2002

Toronto Argonauts
2003 - 2007

Awards and Honours

Most Valuable Offensive Player in the Grey Cup Game
1987, 1993, 2004 (3)

Eastern All-Star Quarterback
1991, 2005 (2)

Eddie James Memorial trophy
1993 (1)

Western All-Star Quarterback
1999 (1)

Canadian Football League All-Star Quarterback
2005 (1)

Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Player
2005 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1986, 1987, 1993, 2000, 2004 (5)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1987, 1993, 2000, 2004 (4)

Career Highlights

  • Played a total of 373 games over 23 seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

  • Rushed for over 1,000 yards during the 1991 season.

  • Passed for over 5,000 yards during the 2005 season.

Damon Allen had an outstanding collegiate career at Cal State Fullerton where he set seven single season records and was named 1st team Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) All-Star in 1984, as well as leading Cal State Fullerton to two PCAA Championships.
Allen joined the CFL when he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent in 1985, where he saw limited action in his first couple seasons backing up quarterback, Matt Dunigan. Allen replaced an injured Dunigan during the 1987 Grey Cup game leading Edmonton to victory and earning Most Valuable Offensive Player honours.

During the 1991 season, Allen he was named a Division All-Star for the first time during his career. In that season, Allen rushed for a career high of 1,036 yards to go along with his 8 touchdowns, and passed for a career high of 4,275 yards with 25 touchdown passes. Allen became the second quarterback in CFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season. In the 1993 season, Allen returned to the Eskimos in 1993, in which he led Edmonton to another Grey Cup victory and was named Most Valuable Offensive Player in the Grey Cup Game for the second time during his career. Also during the 1993 season, Allen also won the Eddie James Memorial Trophy that year, as the leading rusher in the Western Division. In 1996, Allen joined the BC Lions. In 1999 while still with the Lions, Allen threw 315 passes on 521 attempts for 4,219 yards and 22 touchdowns. Also, during that season, Allen rushed for 785 yards and 8 touchdowns and as well he threw for more than 300 yards on five occasions and was twice named CFL Player of the Week.

In 2000, Allen became the CFL's all-time leading passer, surpassing Ron Lancaster's record of 50,535 yards. Also during that season, Allen led the BC Lions to their first Grey Cup victory since the 1994 season. During the 2001 season, Allen moved into 1st place among active quarterbacks on the All-Passing list with 54,420 yards, and he became the first CFL quarterback to rush for over 10,000 yards in his career. In 2003, Allen was acquired from the BC Lions by the Toronto Argonauts. During this season, Allen became the third quarterback in professional football history to pass for 60,000 yards and broke the record for Most Career Touchdown Passes with 334. In 2004, during a game against the Calgary Stampeders, Allen became the second player in Toronto Argonaut history to complete more than 12 passes consecutively in a game. Also during that season he was again named Most Valuable Offensive Player in the Grey Cup Game, when he complete 23 of 24 passes for 299 yards including 1 touchdown pass and rushed 5 times for 10 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 2005, Allen would be named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player for the first time during his career, as well as being named a CFL All-Star, Eastern All-Star, and winner of the CFL Fan Choice Award.

At the time of his retirement in 2008, Damon Allen was Pro-Football's All-Time Passing Leader with 72,381 yards, as well as holding the CFL record for All-Time Rushing Yards by a Quarterback with 11,914 yards. He also held the CFL record for Most Pass Attempts - 9,138, Most Pass Completions - 5,158, and Most Touchdown Passes - 394. He was ranked third All-Time for CFL service having played in 370 regular season games over 23 seasons. Damon Allen was number 14 on TSN's Top 50 CFL Players list.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2012 as a player.

Class of 2012

Jack AbendschanDamon AllenDavid BraleyPeter ConnellanHarvey JonesEric Lapointe

Milton Stegall

Football Reporters of Canada

Steve MiltonDan Ralph

Allen, Damon
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