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October 14, 1996
When USC's Marcus Allen was about to enter the 1982 NFL draft, his college coach, John Robinson, damned him with faint praise. "I don't see him in the context of a Walter Payton or Earl Campbell, a dominant player," Robinson said. Allen has outlasted a slew of people in the NFL, and heading into Monday night's game against Pittsburgh, he had put together one of the most distinguished careers of any NFL running back. Here's a year-by-year look at that career.
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October 14, 1996

The Marcus Chronicles

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1987: Seventh-round pick from '86, Bo Jackson (34. below), joins Raiders, but Allen leads team in rushing.

1982: Cheers debuts and ends up as the year's lowest-rated prime-time show.

1983: John Robinson leaves USC to coach the Los Angeles Rams; he drafts Eric Dickerson with his No. 1 pick.

1986: Cheers finishes as the third-rated show of the year.

1989-92 Dark Period

1989: Carries only 69 times as knee injury limits him to eight games.

1991: Starts in just two games 63 rushes.

1991: John Robinson resigns as Rams coach, having held the job longer than anyone else in team history.

1992: The Raiders sign Eric Dickerson.

1993-99 Rebirth

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