Remember Jeff Allen? Allen, an offensive lineman for the Illini from 2008-11 who made 47 starts at right and left tackle during his career, is now one of the men tasked with protecting Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.
And while he’s doing a great job on the field with the Chiefs headed to the AFC Championship next week, Allen is making national headlines for giving back to one special Chiefs fan who helped him out before Saturday’s divisional round game.
Allen was helped out by “Dave” before Saturday’s game, as his car was stuck in the snow during the winter storm. Allen tracked down Dave via Twitter and is offering him tickets to the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium next week.
Update: Despite the recent influx in people changing their name to Dave in the KC area lol, I was actually able to track down the Dave that helped me thanks to the power of social media and #ChiefsKindgom. Thanks for your kindness https://t.co/e4OkEg6AAw— Jeff Allen (@JeffAllen71) January 13, 2019
Here’s more on Dave, who is reportedly homeless and lives out of his car with his dog.
This the Dave who helped @Chiefs player @JeffAllen71 when his car was stuck in the snow before the game. Dave is also homeless and lives in his car. The story tonight and how Jeff is giving him an AFC championship game experience he will never forget. @41actionnews #letsroll pic.twitter.com/Hb120B4FS7— Steven Dial (@StevenDialTV) January 13, 2019
Allen was drafted by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and played a stint with the Texans before returning to KC. According to Allen’s Wikipedia page, he is married to former Illini soccer player Marissa Holden.
And as the Chiefs get a shot at dethroning the Patriots in the AFC, you need to be rooting for their offensive lineman. Not only because he’s an Illini, but because he’s a great guy.
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