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Pro Football Hall of Famer Larry Allen has passed away at the age of 52. The Dallas Cowboys, where Allen spent the majority of his illustrious career, announced his sudden death. Allen was on vacation in Mexico when he died, according to the team’s statement.

“Larry, known for his great athleticism and incredible strength, was one of the most respected, accomplished offensive linemen to ever play in the NFL,” the Cowboys said. “His versatility and dependability were also signature parts of his career. Through that, he continued to serve as inspiration for many other players defining what it meant to be a great teammate, competitor, and winner”, via BBC.

Allen’s impact extended beyond the field, touching the lives of those around him, especially his family. “He was deeply loved and cared for by his wife, Janelle — whom he referred to as his heart and soul, his daughters Jayla and Loriana, and son, Larry III,” the statement added.

The Cowboys and the Jones family expressed their deep condolences and stated that arrangements for a memorial service would be announced soon. Allen’s death has left a void in the community that revered him, resonating deeply with friends, family, and teammates.

Larry Allen’s football legacy is profound. He played twelve of his fourteen NFL seasons with the Cowboys, earning a reputation as one of the finest offensive linemen in league history. He was a first-team NFL All-Pro seven times and appeared in eleven Pro Bowls, playing both guard and tackle. His skill and power were pivotal in helping the Cowboys secure a victory in Super Bowl XXX in 1996.

Allen’s prowess on the field was recognized with inclusion in the NFL All-Decade teams for both the 1990s and 2000s. After concluding his career with two seasons at the San Francisco 49ers, Allen returned to the Cowboys to sign a one-day contract in 2009, retiring as a member of the team that he defined. His outstanding career led to first-ballot induction into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

The news of Allen’s passing brought an outpouring of tributes from former teammates. Troy Aikman, former Cowboys quarterback, shared on social media: “Just received the heartbreaking news of the passing of our beloved teammate Larry Allen. He was a HOF offensive lineman that dominated opponents regardless of the position played. Off the field, he was a gentle giant who loved his family. Rest in Peace LA.”

Emmitt Smith, another teammate, expressed his sorrow in an Instagram video, noting, “I’m at a loss of words right now… such a good dude, great player, super person.” Smith added, “The one thing about Larry Allen, I know. He had a big heart and he lived life to the fullest. A man of very few words but on the football field was a beast. And [he]will be sorely missed.”

Larry Allen leaves behind a legacy that transcends his football achievements, remembered as much for his character and kindness as his undeniable skill and dedication on the field.

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