Cowboys Legend Larry Allen Dies at 52 in Mexico Vacation: Hall of Famer’s Legacy Lives On

Los Angeles, California – Larry Allen, a dominant offensive lineman known for his size, strength, and agility, passed away on June 2 at the age of 52 while vacationing in Mexico with his family. The Dallas Cowboys confirmed his death in a statement, though no further details were provided.

Allen, a second-round draft pick, spent 12 of his 14 NFL seasons with the Cowboys, where he established himself as one of the most formidable offensive linemen in the league. Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 335 pounds, he was a mainstay at the Pro Bowl, earning 11 selections and being named a first-team all-pro for six consecutive years. His contributions were instrumental in the Cowboys’ 1996 Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

During his time with the Cowboys, Allen was a crucial part of an offensive lineup that included future Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin. His career later concluded in San Francisco, where he played for the 49ers before retiring in 2008. Allen signed a one-day contract with Dallas to officially retire as a Cowboy and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

Described as a “gentle giant” off the field, Allen’s presence on the gridiron was one of sheer dominance. Overcoming opponents with a mix of size, strength, speed, and agility, he left a lasting impact on the sport. Hall of Fame president Jim Porter praised Allen’s unique skill set, highlighting his ability to intimidate opponents and command respect on the field.

The news of Allen’s passing has reverberated throughout the football community, with many remembering him not only for his on-field prowess but also for his kindness and humility off the field. As the league mourns the loss of a legend, Allen’s legacy as one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history lives on.