Marcus Allen was a highly recruited Parade All-American high school star. The fleet footed running back chose to attend the University of Southern California. His first two seasons saw him serve mostly as a blocking fullback. He returned to tailback as a junior and set 15 NCAA records and went on to win the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 1981.
The tenth player chosen in the 1982 NFL Draft, Allen broke in with the Los Angeles Raiders by leading the league in touchdowns and earning the Rookie of the Year honors. In 1983, he helped take the Raiders to a Super Bowl, where he was named MVP, rushing for 191 yards.
At age 33, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he flourished and became the team’s featured back. He retired in 1997 as the NFL’s all-time leader with 123 rushing touchdowns and his 587 catches are the most receptions by an NFL running back.