Jared Allen and Ray Edwards played together on the Minnesota Vikings' defensive line from 2008 through 2010, and Edwards benefitted enough from the attention given to Allen by every opposing offensive line to go out and get himself a five-year, $30 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons before the 2011 season.
Things haven't worked out quite as expected — the Falcons would certainly like more than two sacks from their marquee defensive end — but when Edwards and Allen faced off in an unexpected battle this season, things almost got a lot worse for Edwards.
Allen, never afraid to mix it up in unglamorous roles when he needs to for the team, was subbing as the Vikings' long-snapper for the injured Cullen Loeffler during the Vikings' 24-14 loss to the Falcons on November 27. On one kick attempt, things got a little dicey … and to be fair, Allen warned Edwards what would happen.
"Ray is obviously a former teammate and friend of mine," Allen told Pro Football...