How did the Chicago Bears’ Jared Allen end up in the Hall of Fame?
The Chicago Bears linebacker, Jared Allen, was the recipient of the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
The award was presented to the award-winning linebacker during the NFL’s Super Bowl 50 broadcast.
The Bears are in their fourth season of the Payton Man, which honors the players that have made the most outstanding contributions to the game of football.
Allen, who was inducted into the Hall on Monday, was inductee #2 overall by the NFL Players Association.
Allen, who has played in every NFL game, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro.
He has been the face of the franchise for nearly four decades, playing for the Bears from 1993-2008.
Allen played in a total of 6,091 games, starting in 1991.
He was a member of the 1992 and ’93 Super Bowl teams.
He also played in Super Bowl XXXVII and Super Bowl XXIX.
Allen has been inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Famer Hall of Famers in four different categories: Team Player of the Century, Player of The Decade, Hall of All-Time and Super Football Hall Of Fame.
He is also inducted as one of the top five defensive linemen in NFL history.
Allen is one of seven players in NFL Hall of Football history to be inducted twice.
He joined defensive tackle John Lucas in 1992, linebacker Junior Seau in 1993, wide receiver Calvin Johnson in 1998 and safety Mike Webster in 2001.
Allen was inducting into the Pro Sports Hall of Shame in 2000.
He previously had been inductee into the Sports Hall Of Famer in 1997.
Allen also has been a member the Sports Achievement Award, the Pro Bowl Honor Roll and the College Football Hall (College Football) All-America team.
Allen ranks fifth in NFL sacks (1,923) and tied for seventh in tackles for loss (2,839) in his career.
He became the first Bears player to record 10 sacks and five forced fumbles in the same season in 2018.