New teammates, new jersey, new city.
For the first time as a Charger,
Following a picture with his new teammates, Allen stepped up to the podium to address the media, on his birthday no less.
“I’d like to thank the whole San Diego Chargers staff just for giving me the opportunity to keep my goals going, keep pushing, keep fighting,” Allen said. “I’m happy to be in San Diego, and I’m just ready to get after it.”
Allen will have to wait a few weeks to get after it on the field as he rehabs a knee injury suffered last season, but hopes to contribute as soon as he returns.
“Just coming in with my work ethic,” Allen said of how he hopes to make an impact. “I’m just coming in trying to push the team, push the teammates, just trying to get to that next level, just try to keep us going, try to get to the playoffs, get to the Super Bowl and just try to keep working.”
On of those teammates will be quarterback
“Philip Rivers is a great quarterback, great guy, great leader on the field,” Allen said. “(I) Definitely can’t wait to work with him, create that combination, just see what we can do.”
Despite dropping to the third round after some projected him to go in the first round, Allen said the snub will drive him to work harder to prove he belongs.
“This is definitely a lot of motivation for me, being dropped down to the third round,” Allen said. “Like I said, unexpected. (I’m) Definitely coming in with a chip. I’m just ready to get after it. That’s all I gotta say.”
Regardless, Allen fits the description of a player “who loves to play football,” exactly the type of player Chargers general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy wanted to bring in.
“Being a football player means everything to me,” Allen said. “I’ve been playing since I was six years old. … Being there with my teammates, it all means the world to me. Just being out on the field with a bond, a family outside of your regular family, people you can count on, people you can talk to outside of your family when you need to talk about things and your personal life that only football players understand.”