What ever happened to Baby Jane?
Marcus Allen was maybe the most overall popular pro athlete in recent Kansas City history. Sure there’s George Brett, Len Dawson, Joe Montana and Tony G, but none had that sexy presence like Marcus. Everyone in KC wanted to meet him, see him and speak to the handsome football star who helped turn the Kansas City Chiefs into one of the most popular football teams in America.
That was nearly two decades ago – wow time flies, huh?
Oh sure, Joe Montana was our BEATLES. More than a legend. Marcus was more a Mick Jagger – too sexy for his shirt and pants. But man, could he play ball.
Allen had just been kicked out of LA, for many reasons – rumors of too much party time with OJ and crew. His game had gone from great to awful in just a hand full of seasons with the Raiders. Marcus, won the 1982 Super Bowl MVP and Rookie of the Year but was dumped. He came to Kansas City and rebuilt his superstar career. Really, he was better as a Chief.
Allen was the first NFL player to rush for more than 10,000 yards and catch for more than 5,000. Allen had 145 TD’s total. The best short yardage man in NFL history. No stopping that guy at the goal line, EVER. Along with Montana, Neil Smith, Derrick Thomas, Dale Carter, Mark Collins and a cast of household names. Those Chiefs were special.
And oh yeah, they had a great coach Marty something or other.
Allen left the Chiefs after the 1997 season. He was already 36 years old. The Chiefs offered him a two-year, multimillion dollar deal, but he wanted to go to TV. He went to CBS Sports, the big show, he would be a star, maybe the next Bryant Gumbel. Never happened. His anchor career lasted just past one year.
He was moved to reporter and then special interviews and then gone.
More rumors; too many girls. Maybe an executive’s girl or wife? He ran all over KC while married with more girls than anyone I’ve ever seen. The guy had it all – good looks, well-dressed, well spoken, Hall of Fame, superstar. Kansas City was hurt when he left and never really came back for much.
He broke all ties to KC shortly after he ran out.
Today Allen is a mystery. We all know about his relationship with OJ. Allen had gone straight and OJ hadn’t.
You almost never see the guy on TV, a rare Super Bowl stop by, or comment. NO real clear job.
Allen just signed with Fox Sports Net.
He did some work – not much – on the MU game yesterday with anchor Kevin Fraiser. Kevin did 90% of the talking. Marcus at 51, looked great, but acted uncomfortable. Like he didn’t fit. It’s a big comedown from the BOOTH at CBS and the money is far less.
But it’s a start back up.
I’ve often wondered why Allen isn’t a color analyst with one of the networks for big bucks. There’s something wrong somewhere.
Allen made good money but not live rich forever dough. Saw him in LA a few times and he seemed relaxed. Bored maybe.
We hung out in KC and LA before he became a Chief. He even stole a girl or two from me.
It just seems Marcus should have done more after he quit. Maybe it was more questionable choices, timing, bad breaks or just the guy didn’t care. He’s a true mystery. A man who could have been KING OF KANSAS CITY and maybe the sports media.
Kinda just got very quiet. Maybe now he’s on the way back.