Is Jared Allen a Hall of Famer?

Pass-rushing great Jared Allen confirmed this week that he’s riding off into the only somewhat proverbial sunset despite a Super Bowl 50 loss. But is the former Chief, Viking, Bear and Panther a Hall of Famer?

Let’s break it down.

In his favor…

  • Allen retires as the league’s active sack leader and is tied for ninth on the all-time sack list with 136. Each of the seven HOF-eligible players ahead of him on that list have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
  • He’s one of only 12 players with eight double-digit-sack seasons.
  • He’s one of only four players ever to record 22 or more sacks in a season, having fallen just a half-sack short of Michael Strahan’s record of 22.5 in 2011.

The problem…

  • Veterans Julius Peppers, DeMarcus Ware and John Abraham are within three sacks of him. All three should surpass him this season.
  • He won just two playoff games and recorded four postseason sacks during his 12-year career, never winning a championship.
  • Although he was generally considered to be a likable guy and a good teammate, Allen has been arrested for DUI three times.

My guess? Allen will eventually get in thanks to his numbers, but it won’t happen for many years.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.