Last night I attended the Miami Marlins game. While there wasn’t much excitement off the field, there was some excitement at the Clevelander, the night club that is in left field. Although I am not old enough to gain entrance into this special section of the ballpark, former Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen is. It just so happened that my seats were located right above the Clevelander in left field. For those who don’t know, if you sit in the first couple of rows in left, you could see all the seats that the Clevelander has to offer.
During the down time in between innings, my friend looked down and noticed Will. He quickly pointed him out to me and we both shouted down to him to see if he would acknowledge us. To no surprise he did. He waved to us and we told him to come back and he laughed and that was that.
As the final two innings of the game approached, the crowd was getting restless from a forgettable performance by the worst team in baseball. I was part of that restless crowd. Bored, I thought to myself, hey, I write for a Dolphins website; let’s see what Will Allen has in store for his future plans in the National Football League. Again, I called down to Will and again, he responded without any hesitation. In order for him to hear me clearly I had to use up all of my voice. I asked him again to come back to the Phins and again he laughed, but then I asked him the real question; “are you going to play next season?” Unfortunately, the answer that I got was not what I wanted to see. He looked at me at signaled his hands as if he was saying no to my question, while at the same time shaking his head. From what I saw, it appears that Allen has decided to hang up the cleats and move on from the game of football.
Last season Allen took the year off after he was cut by the New England Patriots. Despite the fact that a return is possible, I don’t think it will happen. Allen, who turns 35 at the start of August, is most likely done in the National Football League.
If this is truly the end to Will Allen’s football career, you would think that he would look back in satisfaction. Although he was never able to hoist up the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season, Will Allen had a tremendous career with both the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins. Will Allen will go down as one of my favorite Dolphin players of all time. His tremendous leadership was backed up by his all-out effort on every down.
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