Damon Allen

Athlete

Damon began his playing days California State-Fullerton where he led the Titans to two Pacific Coast Athletic Association Championships before signing with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1985.

He earned his first Grey Cup title in 1986, coming off the bench in relief of an injured Matt Dunigan and leading the Green and Gold to a thrilling 38-36 win over Toronto.

After stops in Ottawa, Hamilton, Memphis as well as a return to Edmonton, Damon signed with the Lions in 1996.

His arrival began a rebuilding process which has led to 19 consecutive playoff appearances through 2015, the first six of which featured Damon as the club’s starting quarterback. From 1996 through the 2002 season, Damon set a team-record with 121 starts for the Lions including a run of 109-consecutive, before departing after seven productive seasons. Setting a team mark with 27,621 passing yards, Damon also led the Leos to a Grey Cup win in 2000 and was named the game’s most valuable player.

Damon retired in 2007 as the CFL’s all-time leading passer with 72,381 total yards. During his CFL career he won four Grey Cups with three different franchises and was selected as the game’s MVP three times. In 2012, Damon he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.