Hall of Fame quarterback Damon Allen to coach Raiders as part of diversity initiative

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Canadian Football Hall of Fame quarterback Damon Allen is off to coach the Las Vegas Raiders, as per the Canadian Press.

Allen recently entered the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program, which is designed to give coaches “opportunities to observe, participate, gain experience and ultimately gain a full-time NFL coaching position.”

Legendary CFL quarterback Henry Burris joined the Chicago Bears through the same program in 2020, which led to him being hired as a full-time offensive quality control coach in 2021.

Allen spent 23 seasons in the CFL, throwing for 72,381 yards and 394 touchdowns, while rushing for 11,920 more and 51 scores. He retired in 2007 as pro football’s all-time leading passer and currently sits fourth behind Drew Brees, Anthony Calvillo and Tom Brady.

The dual-threat passer from San Diego, Calif. won four Grey Cups — two with Edmonton (1987, 1993), one with B.C. (2000) and one with Toronto (2004). He also started games for Ottawa, Hamilton, and Memphis.

Allen’s older brother, Marcus, was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1985 during an eleven-year stint with the Los Angeles Raiders. He was named to five Pro Bowls as a member of the team and retired with 3,022 carries for 12,243 yards and 123 touchdowns.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.