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Hall of Fame to honor Marcus Allen

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Marcus Allen participates in Launch NFL Fan Camp at Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Marcus Allen participates in Launch NFL Fan Camp at Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will be honoring former Raiders running back, Marcus Allen, once again by recognizing him as an Hometown Hall of Famer in San Diego California on March 6. The national program is a partnership with All Sate Insurance which honors the hometown roots of the sport's greatest players with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.

The "Hometown Hall of Famer" program is in its second year of existence and Marcus Allen is one of the first recipients of the award.

Allen was a standout at San Diego's Lincoln High School where the ceremony will be held and a plaque will hang permanently in his honor. In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Marcus Allen "Hometown Hall of Famer" road sign will be on display in San Diego.

The special ceremony will be held at 1:45 p.m. PT on Tuesday, March 6, in the Lincoln High School auditorium. The presentation will be made by Marcus' brother Damon Allen.

The ceremony will be attended by Lincoln High School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Allen's former teammates. Don Robinson, Lincoln High School athletic director, will be serving as the Master of Ceremonies.

"Marcus Allen's career is an inspiration to all current and future Lincoln students," said Esther Omogbehin, senior principal of Lincoln High School. "This plaque will forever be a reminder of what Lincoln students can do."

After playing the quarterback and safety positions at Lincoln High School, Allen transitioned to running back when he enrolled at the University of Southern California. During his college career for the Trojans, Allen made NCAA history in rushing for more than 2,000 yards in a single season, an achievement that earned him the 1981 Heisman Trophy.

Allen's NFL career began in 1982 when he was selected 10th overall by the Los Angeles Raiders. From 1982 to 1997, Allen left his mark on the game, rushing for 12,243 yards and scoring 145 touchdowns as a member of the Los Angeles Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs. During the 1983 season, Allen led the Raiders to the Super Bowl XVIII title and was crowned Super Bowl MVP. He was also a six time Pro Bowl selection.

Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

It is yet another award for current and former Raider players and staff that has been handed out over the past couple weeks.