Legendary Dallas Cowboys Lineman Larry Allen Dies at 52 While on Vacation in Mexico

FLOWER MOUND, TX – Larry Allen, a dominant offensive lineman known for his remarkable strength and agility during his Hall of Fame career with the Dallas Cowboys, passed away at the age of 52. His sudden death was confirmed by the Cowboys organization in a statement that revealed he died while vacationing in Mexico with his family.

A former second-round draft pick, Allen spent 12 out of his 14 NFL seasons with the Cowboys, where he established himself as one of the league’s most formidable offensive linemen. Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 335 pounds, Allen’s combination of speed and athleticism allowed him to overpower defenders consistently. He was recognized with 11 Pro Bowl selections, six consecutive years as a first-team all-pro, and played a pivotal role in the Cowboys’ Super Bowl XXX victory in 1996, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.

Allen was a key member of the Cowboys’ offense during their championship run, alongside other future Pro Football Hall of Famers such as quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith, and wide receiver Michael Irvin. After his tenure with Dallas, Allen concluded his playing career with the San Francisco 49ers, retiring in 2008. He was later inducted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 2013.

Hall of Fame president Jim Porter paid tribute to Allen’s exceptional skills, highlighting his rare combination of size, strength, speed, and agility that set him apart from other players. Porter described Allen as a force to be reckoned with on the field, with opponents often struggling to match his intensity and physicality. Despite his ferocity during games, off the field, Allen was known for his gentle nature and unassuming demeanor.

Allen’s legacy as a dominant force in the NFL will continue to be celebrated, as fans and fellow players remember him for his exceptional talent and impact on the game. More details about Allen’s life and contributions to the sport will be shared in a forthcoming obituary.