MANKATO, Minn. Look around training camp in Mankato or a Sunday home game at the Metrodome and there are still reminders of the hard-charging, fun-loving attitude Jared Allen brought to the Minnesota Vikings in 2008.
Allen's fans wear shirts with the four-time Pro Bowl selection's No. 69 printed on them. But unlike with other players' apparel, Allen's nameplate on the back is often replaced by "Sax Machine" or "Mullet Militia." The shirts, created by Allen's own clothing company, reflect the larger-than-life persona of the onetime mullet-wearing pass rusher.
Allen still gets a laugh from the shirts.
"First of all, Sax Machine was just hilarious," Allen said recently during his fifth training camp with the Vikings. "That thing was funny. A play on Kenny G, everybody knows that."
Allen still likes to have fun. But the mullet -- which Allen had referred to as a "lifestyle" -- is gone, replaced by a trim cut and a receding hairline the defensive end isn't too happy about. He's 30, ...