Keenan Allen and football seems to share some sort of unbreakable bond which could be traced back to his family. The American football star has been fine at his game since he picked up interest in football in his early years. Currently playing for the Los Angeles Chargers, the wide receiver has earned so many awards and accolades for himself and his football team since he joined the National Football League in 2013. Some of the key factors that have kept the young player special include his on-field quickness as well as his height and weight.
Keenan is such a player who enters the field with so much confidence in himself. He is typically quick to enter his routes, gaining valuable initial separation and like other big shots in the offensive backfield, Allen has displayed the suddenness to win consistently at the line of scrimmage, thanks to his combination of athleticism and technique. Here are more facts about the multiple Rookie honors holder.
Keenan Allen Biography
Keenan Alexander Allen was born on April 27, 1992, in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. He is the son of Dorie Maynard-Lang and Keith Allen and he has an older half-brother named Zach Maynard. The American football player is of African-American ethnicity and he holds American nationality.
As a student in Northern Guilford High School, Allen was passionately involved in three kinds of sports activities – the football, basketball, and track and field but as he went further in his career, he decided to stick with football and it paid off. In high school, Keenan Allen was part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl where he returned one punt for 33 yards as well as one kickoff for 33 yards.
Also considered the nation’s top defensive back, Keenan moved to the University of California, Berkeley, and played for the California Golden Bears football team as its wide receiver between 2010 and 2012. He finished his freshman season with 5 touchdowns and 46 receptions for 490 yards. He also completed his sophomore season with a career-high 98 catches for 1,343 yards, while in his junior season, he recorded 61 receptions for 737 yards and 6 touchdowns. He left his college career for the NFL draft before his senior season in 2013. In all, Allen’s college football career ended with 25 touchdowns and 205 passes for 2,570 yards.
NFL Career Stats and Injury
Keenan Allen began to play professionally in 2013 after he was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 3rd round, 76th overall of the 2013 NFL Draft. He then signed a four-year contract with the team and as expected, he broke the club’s record for receptions in a rookie season with 61 in Week 14. Leading in all of NFL’s rookies with 71 receptions and 1,046 receiving yards, Allen earned several accolades for his brilliant performances. He was voted the NFL Rookie of the Week for four times, was named Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), and his fans voted him Pepsi NEXT NFL Rookie of the Year. One of the skills that distinguished Allen from every other wide receiver is his display of good body control to adjust to passes that were poorly thrown.
Allen appeared in all of his team’s games from 2013 to 2015 when on November 3, it was announced that he will be missing the rest of the season’s games because of a kidney injury. He left the season with a total of 67 receptions for 725 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. Returning in 2016, he was yet again carted away from the field in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs and was diagnosed with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear.
Thankfully, he returned in 2017 and recorded no injury. Instead, he recorded three consecutive games of 100+ receiving yards, 10+ catches, with at least one touchdown. He also earned his first Pro Bowl, ending the season with an impressive comeback. He was thus named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
In 2018, Keenan reportedly suffered another injury, this time, a hip pointer. He sustained the injury after a hard landing on a diving catch in the end zone during the second quarter of the 29-28 Chargers win against the Chiefs in Kansas City. Despite all the injuries, the wide receiver has an impressive career stats of 411 total reception, 5,084 receiving yards, 28 receiving touchdowns, and 28 rushing yards; from 2013 to 2018.
Height and Weight
As expected of every wide receiver, Keenan Allen is quite tall. He is 6 ft 2 inches (1.88 meters) with fairly long arms. As for his weight, the American football player weighs 211 lb (96 kg).