Redskins coaching legend George Allen was honored recently for a lifetime achievement award at his high school in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
Allen, head coach in Washington for seven years, is just one of several Burgundy and Gold heroes that have been honored over the past few months. Hall of Fame receiver Bobby Mitchell went back to Arkansas for a ceremony celebrating his legacy and current captain Robert Griffin III has been recognized across the Lone Star State in the past few weeks.
While Redskins Nation knows just how great of a man Allen was when he led the troops to 67 wins in his stint in the Nation’s Capital, many know little about the upbringing of the 2002 Hall of Fame inductee.
George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO, said the following about the Hometown Hall of Famers program and the induction of Allen, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate George Allen and Lake Shore High School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to St. Clair Shores.”
Allen was a standout athlete at Lake Shore High School lettering in basketball, track and football. He built quite the reputation during his days in secondary school on the football field as well as the gym where he was more than likely giving advice to his teammates about how to properly execute the plays necessarily to claim victory.
He will now forever be enshrined in Lake Shore history as a plaque honoring him will be seen by the student body each and every day in the gym.
After graduating from Lake Shore, Allen attended a trio of higher education institutions, including a return to The Great Lakes State where he earned a bachelor of science in education from Eastern Michigan University.
The Hall of Famer’s lone trip back to Michigan was a memorable one for him as the Redskins trounced the hometown Detroit Lions 20-0 in 1973.
Allen’s son, George, was present for the ceremony and was honored that the community awarded his father.
When asked about the event,Allen stated that “there were times that I had to compose myself its very, very emotional.”
Video of the ceremony can be found here.
Three cheers to Allen!
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