Jared Allen, who spent most of his career roping quarterbacks for the Minnesota Vikings, has been named one of 15 Modern-Era Player Finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2022, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced in a special on NFL Network and on Twitter Thursday afternoon.
This year marks Allen's second year of eligibility and second time being named a finalist.
Allen started all 96 regular-season games he played for the Vikings after Minnesota acquired him in a trade with Kansas City. He totaled 85.5 of his 136 career sacks while wearing Purple, which ranks as the sixth-most in franchise history.
Four of the five players with more sacks for the Vikings — Carl Eller (130), John Randle (114), Alan Page (108.5) and the late Chris Doleman (96.5) — have been enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
Look back on some of Jared Allen's best moments as a Viking. He has been selected as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
Many believe the other, Jim Marshall (127), has a strong case but has been overlooked by the Senior Committee in a process that is separate from Modern-Era selection.
Allen led the NFL in 2011 with 22 sacks, breaking Doleman's franchise record of 21 in 1989 and coming just shy of Michael Strahan's NFL record of 22.5 in 2001. Allen's total of 22 tied Mark Gastineau and has since been tied by Justin Houston for the second-most in a single season (sacks became an official stat in 1982).
Allen recorded at least 11 sacks in each of his six seasons in Purple. In 2008 and 2009, he posted back-to-back seasons with 14.5 sacks, which helped Minnesota make consecutive trips to the playoffs and reach the NFC Championship Game following the 2009 campaign.
Allen's 136 career QB takedowns rank 12th in the official NFL record books (Doleman ranks fifth with 150.5, and Randle is tied for 10th with 137.5).
Over the course of 12 NFL seasons, Allen started 181 of the 187 regular-season games he played and recorded 171 tackles for loss, 32 forced fumbles and 19 fumble recoveries with the Chiefs, Vikings, Bears and Panthers.