Marcus Allen became a fan favorite during his four seasons at Penn State. The hard-hitting safety was a playmaker in the Nittany Lions secondary, and his locker room celebration videos were unmatched in college football.
Allen played his final game in blue and white on Saturday as Penn State topped Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl. Allen was a key part of the Nittany Lions’ recent turnaround and was at the center of the play which proved the program was back on a national stage in 2016. Allen blocked the Ohio State field goal that set up Penn State’s Big Ten title and run to the Rose Bowl.
Allen helped Penn State go 20-3 in his last 23 games, which included the 2016 Big Ten title game, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. As his focus shifts to preparing for the NFL, Allen posted a lengthy thank you to Penn State fans on his Twitter page.
“It’s become crystal clear to me that this university and the Penn State family has given me much more than I could have ever given back to them,” Allen wrote. “People talk about the Ohio State blocked field goal being the play that brought Penn State football back. The truth is Penn State football never went anywhere and has never lost its greatness.
“…I just want to say thank you to the fans for allowing me to forever be a part of you and you a part of me. This still feels like a dream and although I may not wear Penn State on my uniform it will forever be engraved in my heart.”
Marcus Allen shares heartfelt thank you to Penn State fans
Thank You Penn State 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/gk2slQlT3D
— Marcus Allen (@Chico_Hndrxx) January 2, 2018