One of the most accomplished and celebrated players in the CFL, Allen’s unprecedented 23-year career as an elite quarterback spanned three decades and included four Grey Cup Championships, three Grey Cup MVPs and one CFL Most Outstanding Player Award.
Allen’s 72,381 passing yards are more than any other player in professional football, and his 11,914 rushing yards rank as the third-highest total in CFL history – just 329 yards behind his brother, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen’s career rushing total. He is one of just three quarterbacks in league history to run for 1,000 yards in a single season (Tracey Hamm and Kerry Joseph) – an achievement he reached in 1991 with the Ottawa Rough Riders.
Damon Allen remarked, “The game of football has given me every emotion a person can feel. It has been a dream ride. I have given football my mind, body and soul. When it is all said and done, I have met some incredible people. I want to thank the fans across the Canadian Football League for supporting me, the players in the CFL for challenging me to be the best and the incredible coaches in our league that continue to teach the game.”
In just five seasons in Toronto, Allen has also carved his name into club record books. He sits second in club history in career passing yards (13,974), career attempts (1,713) and completions (1,051), career passing touchdowns (77), once completed 13 consecutive passes in a game – the second -best streak in team history and is in the top 5 in Rushing touchdowns in the CFL with 95.
In 1984 Damon was drafted by the Detroit Tigers where his team winning the National Championships at Fullerton.