Marcus Allen will be honored in San Diego on Tuesday as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers,” a national program sponsored by Allstate Insurance to honor the hometown roots of football’s best players.
Allen, who grew up in San Diego, will be presented with a plaque during a 1:45 p.m. ceremony at his alma mater, Lincoln High School. Students, faculty and Allen’s former teammates will attend.
The Heisman Trophy-winning tailback from USC was selected 10th by the Los Angeles Raiders and ended his career in Kansas City, reaching six Pro Bowls and, in 2003, the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Allen was a quarterback in high school, and before that played on the other side of the ball.
“I started as a defensive back,” he said. “When I was 10 years old, I wanted to be Lem Barney. I played defensive back or linebacker most of my Pop Warner days. I played running back one year and fared fairly well, I scored over 30 touchdowns when I was 11. But that was the last time I ever played running back.