Beau Allen, who won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in February 2018, announced his retirement from football today.
Allen, a reserve defensive tackle, had two tackles against the Patriots in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory.
Allen is from Minnetonka, 15 miles from Minneapolis, site of Super Bowl 52. Allen was a fun-loving guy who fit right in with the Eagles’ stout defensive line.
The morning after the Eagles’ Super Bowl win, Allen posted this on Twitter: Yo I had the craziest dream last night
Win a Super Bowl in Philly, and a “Philly God” is your destiny.
ALLEN SAYS FAREWELL
Allen said goodbye to the NFL on a social media account:
“I am retiring from the game of football. Playing football in the NFL has been the biggest privilege of my life. Never in my wildest dreams as a youth did I think that I would play in the NFL. So it’s pretty wild to reflect on a career that has spanned 7 years, 3 teams, and produced a Super Bowl Championship (in my home state of Minnesota).
What a ride. Any player that’s worth a s—- will tell you that it’s the people involved that really make the game special. My time in Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and New England was spent with so many amazing teammates, coaches and support staff. You guys have done so much for me, I can’t even begin to thank you all. At the end of the day, it’s you all that I will miss most about the game – let’s not be strangers.
The game of football has done so much to influence my life. It has given me amazing opportunities, friendships and memories that I am incredibly grateful for. Football has also provided challenges, dished out injuries, and acted as a crucible in which I was forced to compete and grow. These experiences have all worked to shape me into the man I am today.
I am so thankful for it all. I’m looking forward to applying the skills learned in football (high effort, gap penetration, two gapping, taking on double teams, etc) to the world at large, and finding something new to pour my passion into. I’m excited to see what the future holds!”
FROM LONG-SHOT TO SUPER BOWL CHAMP
Allen was at best a long shot to make the NFL when he was drafted in the seventh round (224th overall) in 2014 from Wisconsin.
He became a fan favorite and played four years with the Eagles, his final season the Super Bowl season. He started eight games and had 87 tackles. Allen’s snap counts increased each year with the Eagles. He went from 17 percent of the snap counts as a rookie to 43 percent in 2017.
He played two seasons in Tampa Bay. He was a member of the Patriots but was on injured reserve and missed the 2020 season. He was released by New England in March 2021.
In his career, Allen played 90 games over six seasons. He had 117 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hits.
Three days after the Super Bowl win, Allen posted this on Twitter:
Now that we won the Super Bowl I officially did not peak in High School #2009HomecomingKing
In Jason Kelce’s speech at the Super Bowl parade, he said about Allen in his rants about the perceived shortcomings of his teammates: “Beau Allen can’t fit the scheme.”
We don’t know about the scheme, but one thing we know does fit Allen: his Super Bowl ring.