Cowboys star Larry Allen enters Hall of Fame

Larry Allen

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Former offensive lineman Larry Allen of the Dallas Cowboys poses with his Hall of Fame bust during the NFL Class of 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on Aug. 3, 2013 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 3 at 9:11 PM

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Considered the NFL's strongest man in his heyday, offensive lineman Larry Allen has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound tackle and guard out of Sonoma State went from small college football to instant pro stardom with Dallas, playing every offensive line position except center. Opponents marveled at his strength and power — he once bench-pressed 700 pounds — but Allen also was a solid pass protector with nimble feet.

One of the key blockers as Emmitt Smith became the NFL's career rushing leader, Allen made six All-Pro squads and 11 Pro Bowls in his 14 seasons, the final two with San Francisco. He won the Super Bowl in the 1995 season.

Voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, Allen was presented by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who made him a second-round pick in the 1994 draft.

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