Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/18/13

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 13: Offensive lineman Larry Allen #71 of the San Francisco 49ers against the Denver Broncos on August 13, 2007 at Monster Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)
The Dallas Cowboys, especially in the early '90s, were loud, young and brash. They were confident and they were good. They knew it. We all knew it.A big piece of the Dallas Cowboys' success in the '90s was an offensive lineman selected in the second round of the 1993 draft from tiny Sonoma State. Larry Allen.Silence is golden. Silence along with top shelf performance year after year in this era of NFL football is rare. As a die-hard NFL football fan in the me first, chest pounding, look what I did world we live in, it was truly refreshing to watch a strong, resilient offensive lineman who helped paved the way for the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith.Week after week for 14 years Larry Allen mauled defensive linemen. Broke their will. Wore them down. Humiliated them. In all that time I’ve never heard Larry Allen speak. I’ve never heard him do an interview. He didn’t do them. It wasn’t because he was mad at the press. It was just the way he was.I was fortunate to meet him on...
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