Larry Allen, former Hall of Fame player of the Dallas Cowboys, dies at age 52

Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame star Larry Allen, widely considered one of the best offensive linemen to ever play in the NFL, has died at the age of 52.

Allen “passed away suddenly” on Sunday, June 2, while vacationing with his family in Mexico, the Cowboys confirmed.

“Larry, known for his great athleticism and incredible strength, was one of the most respected and accomplished offensive linemen to ever play in the NFL,” the team said in a statement released Monday.

They added: “His versatility and reliability were also defining characteristics of his career. As a result, he continued to serve as an inspiration to many other players and defined what it means to be a great teammate, competitor and winner.”

Allen, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, played 14 seasons in the NFL – from 1994 to 2007 – and finished his career with the San Francisco 49ers after spending 12 years with the Cowboys.

He was a member of the All-Decade Team in the 1990s and 2000s, was selected to the All-Pro first team seven times, and was a Pro Bowl selection eleven times.

In 1996, Allen won the championship with the Cowboys when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX.

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In 2009, the Cowboys signed Allen to a one-day contract so he could finish his career as a team member.

In a statement, the Cowboys called the former player, who stood over 6 feet tall and weighed 325 pounds, “one of the most respected and accomplished offensive linemen to ever play in the NFL.”

The imposing athlete instilled so much fear in the players of the opposing teams that some of them contracted the so-called Larry Allen flu and decided they were sick late in the week before a game against the Cowboys.

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“You didn’t sleep well the night before because you were hoping to play against Larry Allen,” the late Hall of Fame coach and television commentator John Madden once told ESPN Dallas.

“They knew it. No professional football player is afraid of another player who plays at that level, but he was so damn strong and there wasn't much you could do against him,” he continued.

In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), the NFL paid tribute to the late athlete, writing: “The NFL family is deeply saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer, Super Bowl Champion and Cowboys legend Larry Allen. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”

Allen is survived by his wife Janelle and their three children, Jayla, Loriana and Larry III.

The Cowboys said the funeral arrangements and details would be announced shortly.