Here is the first of a six-part series profiling tight end Dwayne Allen. On Monday, Allen was in studio on “The Ride with JMV” and covered a variety of topics. Below is the first piece with Allen talking about the goal of earning his degree this offseason:
Like any kid going through school, Dwayne Allen is hearing the voice of his mother.
Allen, 22, is taking online courses at Clemson University in an effort to complete his degree, a task that is being closely monitored by the woman who raised seven children with her youngest in the NFL.
“She calls me almost everyday, ‘Like hey, how’s your homework doing?’
“Really Mom, ‘How’s my homework doing?’ Allen joked.
After leaving Clemson with one year of eligibility remaining, Allen found success in the NFL leading all rookie tight ends in catches (45) and receiving yards (521).
Allen said he is still in the planning mode on where he will train this offseason with Indianapolis as an option.
One place that Allen is sure to stay away from during his break from the playing field is Dairy Queen.
During the regular season Allen said he would treat himself to a blizzard following victories but that will be put on hold in an effort to improve his stamina over the next few months.
“I play (basketball) to keep that cardio up and my weight down because if I’m not doing anything that weight will add up quick and I’m already a big guy at 255-260,” Allen said.
This weekend Allen will hop on a plane and head to Columbia, S.C. for a chemistry test he will take on Monday.
The main goal away from the gridiron this offseason is to graduate, and he can thank the woman who has helped him achieve his dream of playing in the NFL for that.
“I left school early to make this jump to the NFL and my mom, one of her things was, ‘You’re going to graduate no matter what.’
“I want to get that done,” Allen said.
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Rooting for the Colts a half a world away. Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.
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