Javorius “Buck” Allen: The other Blindside

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Javorius Allen
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Cameron Sutton #20 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to tackle Javorius Allen #37 of the Baltimore Ravens in the second half during the game at Heinz Field on September 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

A new life

After some time, Allen moved in with the family after getting his grandmother’s consent so he could further himself. His strongest connection to home, his brother, was serving a 20-year sentence for attempted homicide. Allen constantly cites this as motivating him to pursue a better life for the both of them.

Proving himself on the field and earning a scholarship to attend Southern Cal, he would continue to face adversity. He was red-shirted his first year due to questions of readiness from some of his coaches.

Alice Cullen passed away from ovarian cancer prior to his sophomore year with the Trojans and Allen was at a low point in his life. But he had faced trials before and that same patience that got him out of his rough neighborhood helped him persist.

Continuing to be patient, the new coaching staff at USC finally gave Allen the chance to prove himself and he did not disappoint. He rushed for 785 yards and 15 touchdowns while also bringing in 252 yards and one touchdown through the air.

Allen had made the most of the gifts that others had given him while keeping their memory with him at all times. Prior to every game he wrote the name ‘Alice’ on his tape and following each touchdown he would point to the sky, never losing that connection.