Eric Allen, American football player, Died at 66


Eric Allen was born on May 18, 1949, and died on October 27, 2015.

He was an American gridiron football player.

Eric played college football for the Michigan State Spartans football team from 1969 to 1971 and professional football for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League from 1972 to 1975.

He was a 1968 graduate of Howard High School in Georgetown, South Carolina, Allen gained over 3,000 combined rushing and passing yards for Michigan State.

On October 30, 1971, Eric set an NCAA single-game record with 350 rushing yards on 29 carries in a 43-10 win over Purdue.

Eric broke the prior record of 347 yards set by Ron Johnson (running back) Ron Johnson of Michigan in 1968.

During the 1971 season, Eric led the Big Ten Conference in both rushing yardage (1,410), yards from scrimmage (1,769), rushing yards per carry (5.8), and touchdowns (18).

He was the first Big Ten player to score more than 100 points in a season.

Eric finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1971.

Eric was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the fourth round of the 1972 NFL Draft, but did not sign and played in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts.

During his rookie year with the Argonauts, he caught 53 passes for 1,067 yards and eight touchdowns.

He also gained 220 rushing yards on 50 carries during the 1972 season.

Eric died in hospice care in his hometown on October 27, 2015 at age 66.