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.
1977: Named California high school player of the year as he quarterbacks Lincoln High to the San Diego County championship.
1980: Bob Dole fails in his bid to gain the Republican Party's presidential nomination.
1981: Wins Heisman Trophy his senior year at USC, establishing single-season NCAA records for rushing yards and attempts.
1982-88 Salad Days
1982: Drafted by the Raiders with the 10th pick in the first round, behind running backs Darrin Nelson of Stanford and Gerald Riggs of Arizona State. Allen later wins the NFL Rookie of the Year award.
1984: Wins MVP award in Super Bowl XVIII as the Raiders beat the Redskins 38-9. No AFC team has won the Super Bowl since.
1985: Sets NFL record that still stands for total yards gained from scrimmage in a single season, 2,314.
1986: With 104 yards against the Redskins, sets NFL mark with his 11th straight 100-yard rushing game.