Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 12/29/12
Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen would not be playing football today if it weren't for the football coach at the high school he attended stopping him in the hallway asking for his name.  Allen told Phil Richards of USA TODAY that he was approached by Terry Sanford High School's first-year football coach, Wayne Inman, early his freshman year. Inman asked Allen if he played football.  Allen told him no.  Inman excused himself and then returned with a $10 bill, which he put in Allen's hand. "Buy yourself a bag of dope," Inman told Allen, "or spend it on a physical and come on out for football." Allen, who grew up without a father, said that day "Changed my life." "I wish I could say the rest is history, but he raised me," Allen said. "He told me after my freshman campaign on J.V. I was going to be his tight end. He told me I could play in college, and not only could I play in college but I could play on Sundays. "He put it all in me then, as a freshman in high school. He told me all that. Coach Inman is my dad. He turned my life around." Allen became a Rivals four-star recruit at Sanford.  As a redshirt junior at Clemson, Allen won the John Mackey Award, presented annually to college football's top tight end.   Allen left Clemson his junior year to pursue the NFL. "You're in college and you watch TV and you see these guys and you just wonder: Can I? Can I play there with them?" Allen said. "At the end of my junior year, I knew I was ready. I needed to be challenged. I needed something more." As a rookie with the Colts, Allen has impressed his coaches and teammates. "He's blocking, he's catching, he's doing everything a true tight end does," Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. "I think for a young player you couldn't do any more than Dwayne has done. He can do it all."  Allen, a third-round draft pick, has started 15 games this season for the Colts.  He has 43 receptions for 500 yards and three touchdowns.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dodgers reportedly acquire Mat Latos and Michael Morse

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Troy Tulowitzki felt 'blindsided' by trade to Blue Jays

Drew Storen not happy about Jonathan Papelbon trade

Kraft apologizes for accepting team Deflategate penalty

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

RG3 reportedly showing improvement during offseason

Nick Saban addresses rumors of interest in Longhorns job

Garoppolo back in spotlight after Brady suspension upheld

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong, replaced a broken phone

49ers OC: Kaepernick didn’t regress as much as believed

John Calipari may coach Kentucky until he is 73

Atlanta Hawks should not be overlooked next year

Baseball's antitrust exemption: Its uncertain scope

The Cubs-White Sox trade that would rock Chicago, MLB

Cincinnati Bengals could look at signing WR Reggie Wayne

Brandon Marshall on marijuana tweets: ‘I was just kidding'

Key & Peele show SportsCenter if it was about teachers

Mets continue to act like a small-market team

What would a Cole Hamels trade look like?

Luther Campbell jabs FSU coach over decommitment

WATCH: Royals infielders combine for incredible play

Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey to hold out of training camp

Terry Bollea's self-destruction: Hulkamania as social construct

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Who is the National League's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Dez Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker