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Former Butte/49er Player Larry Allen Selected For Pro Football Hall of Fame

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Feb 02 2013 06:28:02 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 02 2013 06:29:15 PM CST
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CANTON, Ohio -

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its five-man modern-era class of 2013.  Among the selections is former Butte College offensive lineman Larry Allen.

Selected were linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden; coach Bill Parcells; receiver Cris Carter and defensive lineman Warren Sapp.

Wide receiver Andre Reed, running back Jerome Bettis, cornerback  Aeneas Williams and defensive linement Michael Strahan and Charles Haley were also finalists but did not earn election.  To be selected, a finalist must receive 80 percent of the vote.

Allen, Odgen and Sapp all enter the Hall of Fame in the first year of eligibility while Parcells was in his second year.

To be eligible for election, modern-era players and coaches must be retired at least five consecutive seasons.

There are also two senior inductees, former Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers defensive tackle Curley Culp and former Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins linebacker  Dave Robinson.

Allen played at Butte College in 1990 and 1991 before transferring to Sonoma State.  He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys where he played 12 years.  Allen finished his career with the San Francisco 49ers in 2006 and 2007. 

When Allen was announced as one of the 15 players being considered for induction, his former coach at Butte College and current  Athletic Director Craig Rigsbee told KRCR News Channel 7 Allen "was a lock" to be enshrined.