A slightly less known fact about this game is that it is the only NFL game anywhere that is played in a High School Stadium. That’s right, Fawcett Stadium is a 22,000 seat High School Stadium. It makes it a very unique experience to go along with the induction into the Hall of Fame.
Speaking of induction into the hallowed halls of Canton, this year two inductees have ties to the Dallas Cowboys. They are Bill Parcells, who was the Cowboys 6th Head Coach, and Larry Allen, the 11 Time Pro Bowl Offensive Lineman. In my opinion, Larry Allen is the best Offensive Lineman in NFL History. Not only did he visit the Pro Bowl 11 times, but he was an All Pro 7 times. He played 4 of the 5 positions on the Offensive Line, and the only one he did not earn a trip to the Pro Bowl at was Right Tackle. The only reason he did not earn a trip there was because his time at RT was in relief of Erik Williams, himself a Pro Bowl RT. It was also his rookie year, before people realized this quiet mammoth was in fact an immovable object.
Larry’s strength is legendary in NFL circles. So is his greatness on the football field. This week alone Darren Woodson and Emmitt Smith both acknowledged that Larry Allen was probably the greatest player they ever played with. The truth is he is probably the greatest Dallas Cowboy of all time, but too few people know about him because he was so quiet.
Leon Lett tells a story of tangling with Larry and trying to punch him in the gut. Larry ripped the face mask clear off Lett’s helmet. I cannot stress to you enough how impossible that would be. Leon is lucky his head didn’t go with it. To do that he had to have jerked the bolts either clear through the face mask itself or the helmet. That is power like a bear would have.