Former Titan Damon Allen Joins CFL Hall of Fame
Damon Allen returned to campus as a
member of the 2009 Titan Athletics
Hall of Fame Class.
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Former Cal State Fullerton two-sport star Damon Allen will be one of seven standouts to be inducted as part of the Canadian Football League's 2012 Hall of Fame Class in a ceremony to be held on Friday, Nov. 2, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
He becomes the third former Titan football player to be so honored, following in the footsteps of receiver Allen Pitts (Class of 2006), who ranks third all-time in league history with 14,891 yards, and the CFL's career rushing leader, Mike Pringle (Class of 2008), who amassed 16,425 yards on the ground.
Allen played 23 seasons in the CFL, eventually retiring as the most prolific passer in professional football history with 72,381 total yards from 1985-2007, surpassing Warren Moon's 70,553 yards (21,228 in the CFL and 49,325 in the NFL). He signed as a free agent with Edmonton in 1985 and also played for Ottawa, Hamilton, Memphis, and British Columbia before ending his career in Toronto, winning four Grey Cup Championships with three different teams and winning the league's MVP award at the age of 41 in 2005.
He currently ranks second among professional football's all-time prolific passers after Montreal's Anthony Calvillo passed him on Oct. 10, 2011, and retired as the CFL's third-leading rusher with 11,920 career yards on the ground. Allen ranks ahead of such familiar NFL names such as Brett Favre, Moon, and Dan Marino in the top five.
A quarterback for the Titans from 1981-84 and a three-year pitcher on the Fullerton baseball team from 1983-85, Allen led the Titans' football team to its only two Pacific Coast Athletic Association championships as a junior and senior and was a member of the Fullerton baseball team's NCAA National Championship-winning squad in 1984 as both a spot starter and reliever.
The San Diego native finished 16th in the overall voting for the 1984 Heisman Trophy and set and NCAA record for the lowest percentage of passes intercepted in a season (3 in over 300 attempts). He ranks No. 1 at Cal State Fullerton in career passes attempted (629) and total offense (4,653 yards), stands No. 2 in passing yards (4,218) and completions (322), and ranks No. 4 in touchdown passes (27).
Allen guided the Titans to their only bowl appearance, the 1983 California Bowl, and his 1984 team was 11-1 on the field (12-0 after a forfeit), while spending time ranked among the nation's Top 20.
On the diamond, he was drafted in the seventh round by the Detroit Tigers, but never signed, and later attended camp with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1994.