FULLERTON, Calif. -- Former Cal State Fullerton two-sport star Damon Allen was named to the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame as a part its 2018 class, the organization announced on Thursday.
On November 2nd 2012 he became the third former Titan football player to be inducted in the Canadian Football League's Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of receiver Allen Pitts (Class of 2006), who ranks third all-time in league history with 14,891 yards, and the CFL's career rushing leader, Mike Pringle (Class of 2008), who amassed 16,425 yards on the ground.
Over the course of his remarkable 23-year career, Allen secured an outstanding legacy as one of the most distinguished quarterbacks in the history of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Originally hailing from California, Allen began playing football at the age of six.
Allen's CFL career spanned three decades and four Grey Cup Championships (1987, 1993, 2000, 2004), three Grey Cup Most Valuable Player Awards (1987, 1993, 2004) and one CFL Most Outstanding Player Award (2005). He dazzled Canadian football fans across the country, playing six different teams, including the Edmonton Eskimos, Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts. When he retired in 2008, Allen was professional football's All Time Passing Leader with 72,381 yards and held the CFL record for All-Time Rushing Yards by a Quarterback with 11,914 yards. He also held the CFL record for Most Pass Attempts (9,138), Most Pass Completions (5,158), and Most Touchdown Passes (394).
Allen's stunning achievements in the CFL reflect his unwavering commitment to leadership, personal accountability and a desire to play to the best of his ability whenever he took to the field. These qualities made it possible to excel even in challenging circumstances. Early in his CFL career, Allen was called upon by the Edmonton Eskimos to replace injured veteran Matt Dunigan partway through the 1987 Grey Cup game. Even though Allen had seen only limited action as a backup player, he led the team to victory with a thrilling performance and was named Most Valuable Offensive Player in the championship game that year.
Allen continues to serve the community after retiring from the CFL, promoting amateur football in Canada and raising awareness for men's health issues. He hosts two celebrity golf tournaments each year: one in Edmonton, Alberta in support of autism and another in Toronto, supporting parents affected by post-partum depression. Allen currently serves as Ambassador for the Toronto Argonauts and remains involved in his Quarterback Academy (D9 QB Academy).
A quarterback for the Titans from 1981-84 and a three-year pitcher on the Fullerton baseball team from 1983-85, Allen led the Titans' football team to its only two Pacific Coast Athletic Association championships as a junior and senior and was a member of the Fullerton baseball team's NCAA National Championship-winning squad in 1984 as both a spot starter and reliever.
The San Diego native finished 16th in the overall voting for the 1984 Heisman Trophy and set and NCAA record for the lowest percentage of passes intercepted in a season (3 in over 300 attempts). He ranks No. 1 at Cal State Fullerton in career passes attempted (629) and total offense (4,653 yards), stands No. 2 in passing yards (4,218) and completions (322), and ranks No. 4 in touchdown passes (27).
Allen guided the Titans to their only bowl appearance, the 1983 California Bowl, and his 1984 team was 11-1 on the field (12-0 after a forfeit), while spending time ranked among the nation's Top 20.
On the diamond, he was drafted in the seventh round by the Detroit Tigers, but never signed, and later attended camp with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1994.
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