Philadelphia, PA (April 26, 2017) On Thursday evening, April 26th, the Washington Redskins selected Jonathan Allen, a highly accomplished defensive lineman from the University of Alabama as their first draft pick. Allen was the No. 17th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Allen’s selection by the Redskins made a dream come true, playing in the NFL. Better yet, he will be able to play for his hometown crowd from Ashburn and all in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Allen attended Stone Bridge High School in Asbhurn, Va and was the Bulldogs standout defensive lineman. He also played offense when Head Coach Mickey Thompson called for the “Heavy Package” (two lineman used as blocking backs) to get the must have yardage on the ground. Allen wreaked havoc on many offensive lineman who were in his way, running backs trying to run his way, and quarterbacks trying to get off a pass. I remember Coach Thompson saying “This kid is special!” and special he was. Allen was selected to the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl along with his teammate and quarterback, Ryan Burns, who is in his fifth season of football at Stanford University and competing for the starting position. Jonathan has always been the leader of the pack and his leadership continues.
Allen continued his athletic prowess at Alabama, learning from Coach Nick Saban and position coach, Bo Davis. Jonathan always worked hard to improve his craft and it showed every Saturday from tackling running backs, using his Superman move to tackle Texas A&M Quarterback, Trevor Knight, or picking up a fumble recovery and running it back for 75 yards for a touchdown! Allen, the 6-foot-3, 286-pounder, grew up in Ashburn watching the Redskins and now returns home to play for his hometown NFL team. As the defensive standout and team captain at Alabama, Allen earned four prestigious awards in his senior season for the Crimson Tide. First, the Chuck Bednarik as the best defensive player in college football that is awarded by the Maxwell Football Club. Second, the Bronco Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defender on the NCAA’s top defense in 2016 after compiling 69 tackles, 16 for a loss, and led the team with 10.5 sacks. Third, the Ted Hendricks Award as the top defensive end in college football, and the big daddy, the Vince Lombardi Award that recognizes the best lineman or linebacker in college football. The Lombardi Award is a true testimony to Jonathan Allen’s accomplishments. He truly exemplifies leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline criterion required to receive the award. Allen became a cornerstone of the Alabama defensive line, just like Vince Lombardi becoming one of the Seven Blocks of Granite where he became one of the seven at Fordham University in 1936. What better to receive an award that is attributed to the legendary player and Head Coach, Vince Lombardi. The Lombardi award is bestowed to a down lineman on either side of the ball or a linebacker who lines up no further than five yards deep from the ball, is a block of granite, giving homage to Lombardi’s college career. Allen also was named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Football Player of the Year in 2016.
When Allen arrived at Stone Bridge in 2011 as a sophomore, he looked to Head Coach Mickey Thompson and position coach Derek Barlow for guidance and instruction, because he didn’t know how to get into a 3-point stance. His passion was to play football, so he studied hard and practiced everything he was taught. He was a quick study and started playing with a chip on his shoulder. He progressed every game and achieved several accolades, Washington Post’s All-Met Selection as a junior and senior, Virginia Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2012. Allen was a five-star high school recruit and was the 11th-rated defensive end in his class nationally. During his senior season in 2013, Allen collected 119 tackles with nine sacks, six fumble recoveries, six blocked kicks and had eight pass breakups.
In the 2017 NFL Combine, Allen ran a 5-second 40-yard dash and knows he will be a dominant force up front against the pass and run.
Allen’s return home to Ashburn fulfills a big need for the Redskins, which needs more production from its defensive line. Allen provides an immediate boost and a quick and disruptive big man on the defensive line that was lacking last season. The Redskins pick of Jonathan Allen was a “Slam Dunk, Game Over” pick for the team. Allen is a great athlete and a fine young man with proven skills and core values that are beyond his years! Values that he learned at home and at Stone Bridge High School which carried on at Alabama and will continue in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. Allen really has his sight and cross-hairs set for playing against the Dallas Cowboys. You can tell that gets him excited!
Allen joins his new and former teammate from Alabama, Arie Kouandijo.
Allen can’t wait to get to work and start his new career with the Redskins. He will have plenty of local fans supporting him at every game! What a great feeling to play professionally for your hometown team and crowd. It just doesn’t get much better than that!
Jonathan Allen as always been a humble and respectful young man and true to his faith. He has been blessed and given the opportunity to tie the knot or sealing the deal with the Washington Redskins to play the game he loves. Pretty soon Jonathan will actually being tying the knot with his fiance, Hannah. Jonathan’s paternal grandmother always told him, “Put God first, and trust God to direct your path! We know his faith is first, the trust is there because Jonathan is on the right path. To Jonathan Allen his family is second and the family will be with him when he steps on the field at FedEx.
Viva Loudoun has been there with Jonathan in high school and college and looks forward to his great work in the NFL.
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