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Continued: Vikings' D-linemen Allen, Williams still enjoying the ride

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 15, 2013 - 1:04 AM

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Allen leaned forward to the edge of a couch at Winter Park as he recalled his favorite memories of playing alongside Williams.

“One of my favorites is when he went off for four sacks against Detroit [in 2008],” Allen said. “I’m like, this dude is killing me [in sacks]. It was the coolest thing ever. I never knew a D-tackle who had four sacks in a game and could rush that way.”

Allen rattled off a few more games and memories, becoming more animated as he recalled specific details. Williams laughed and shook his head.

“I’ve got a terrible memory,” he said.

Both players have sounded sentimental in recent weeks in discussing their time in Minnesota and their friendship. Allen has opened up about the impact that Williams has made on his personal life, saying their “moral fibers line up.”

“For me, I’ve always looked up to Kevin,” he said. “He’s a good husband, a good father, similar morals, very family-oriented. Now, we’re the old guys on the team so we have something to talk about from our experiences in the league. I know I can call him and he’d be there for me, and I’d be there for him every time.”

They prefer not to think about what might happen after the season, but wherever that road leads, Allen admits it will feel weird if he looks to his left before the snap and “I don’t see 93 down there.”

“Being in this league as long as we have, you learn that everyone’s going to get cut or move on,” Allen said. “The fact that he’s been here 11 years is just crazy. For me, it’s not going to change how I feel about him. We’ll just have to travel a little further to hang out. Off the field, it doesn’t change a thing. On the field, I’ll be watching to make sure he’s doing well wherever it is.”







 

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