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Keenan Allen

Keenan Allen





6 Years Pro

2017 Season

  • rec102
  • yds1,393
  • avg13.7
  • tds6

It’s hard to imagine a more heartbreaking script than the one lived out by Keenan Allen in 2016.



It’s hard to imagine a more heartbreaking script than the one lived out by Keenan Allen in 2016. First, you have to go back to 2015 when the start to a record-breaking season was derailed by a rare kidney injury suffered while making a touchdown catch in Baltimore. That injury led to a hospital stay back in San Diego, and it sidelined Allen for the final eight games of the 2015 campaign.

Fast forward back to June 2016 and the Chargers rewarded Allen with a four-year contract extension through 2019. He was also selected as the team’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Allen had made a complete recovery from the kidney injury, and he had an outstanding offseason and training camp. It all carried over into the 2016 season opener in Kansas City. The Chiefs had no answer for Allen as he quickly caught six passes for 63 yards and the Bolts jumped out to an early 21-3 lead. Quarterback Philip Rivers seemingly couldn’t miss as he completed 15 of his first 17 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown with Allen in the game. But then on the very first play after the two-minute warning of the second quarter, Allen went to plant after making a catch, and he quickly fell to the ground, clutching hisright knee. He immediately knew it was bad and he was right. The diagnosis – a torn ACL. Allen’s injury had a profound impact on the team, especially the Bolts’ offense. Kansas City would go on to rally for a 33-27 win in overtime and on the following day, Sept. 12, Allen was placed on “Reserve-Injured” and his season was officially over.

Now fully recovered from the knee injury, the Chargers are hopeful that Allen can revert to the form he showed back in 2015. It was then that he racked up 67 catches in just 7 1/2 games, tied for third in NFL history at the mid-point of a season. His season-todate included a 15-catch performance in the season opener against Detroit, tying the franchise single-game mark. Two weeks later, he caught a dozen passes, including two touchdowns, in a game at Minnesota. Three weeks later, he caught 14 passes at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field to become the first player in NFL history with at least 12 catches in three of his team’s first six games of a season.

Allen finished the 2015 season with 67 catches, 725 yards and four scores. Even though he played less than half the season, teammates selected him as the squad’s offensive player of the year.

Allen’s breakthrough season in 2015 didn’t come as a surprise to those close to the young wide receiver. After an inconsistent 2014, Allen made a commitment to improving his overall conditioning. He completely revised his diet and improved his training methods. He even started to wear a heavy sweatshirt under his pads when he practiced, so he felt lighter and faster on game days.

A third-round draft pick in 2013, Allen took the NFL by storm that season, earning NFL Rookie of the Year and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors from multiple organizations. In his second season, Allen had another outstanding year, leading the team with 77 catches, good for 783 yards and four scores.

Looking back, as unfathomable as it might sound, Allen’s NFL career almost never materialized.

A projected first-round pick out of Cal-Berkeley, Allen’s pre-draft stock fell as the result of a knee injury late in his senior season.The Chargers snagged Allen in the third round, but during his first few months in San Diego, the coaching staff limited his reps to make sure that he was fully recovered from the knee injury. Allen also found himself stacked behind a talented group of veteran wide receivers. At one point during training camp, he began questioning himself and his position with the team. He considered walking away to continue his education at Cal and pursue a career in his other field of dreams: Music. Ultimately it was his mother, Doris, convinced Allen to stick with football. Around the same time he was struggling with his future, returning starter Danario Alexander went down with a knee injury, and suddenly Allen found himself receiving more reps with the offense. In the Chargers’ second game of the season in Philadelphia, Malcom Floyd suffered a season-ending neck injury. With Floyd out, Allen’s number was called. On just his second play, Allen caught an 18-yard pass on a 3rd-and-8 play that ignited a touchdown drive and a season that would end with Allen being celebrated center stage as the Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of the Year at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

Allen went on to lead the team and set franchise rookie receiving records with 1,046 yards and 71 catches. He led all NFL rookies in catches, yards and touchdowns (eight), topping the 1,000-yard plateau during the Bolts’ regular-season finale. He became just the fifth rookie since 2000 to rack up over 1,000 yards. In three games late in the season, Allen caught five touchdown passes, the most by a Chargers wide receiver in a three-game span since 1996. It included an impressive two-game stretch in the course of five days when he caught two touchdowns vs. the New York Giants on Dec. 8 and two more at Denver on Dec. 12. Twice in 2013, Allen racked up more than 100 yards in back-to-back games, a feat that hadn’t been achieved by a Chargers rookie since 1960.

Allen’s outstanding play continued into the postseason as he led the team with eight catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns. It included a 142-yard, two touchdown performance in the divisional playoffs at Denver. It was the Chargers’ second-most receiving yards in a playoff game and the team’s first two-touchdown game in the playoffs since Jan. 1983 (Kellen Winslow). Allen’s yardage total tied for the second-most by a rookie in a playoff game in NFL history (Eagles TE Keith Jackson, 1988) and he became the league’s first rookie since New England’s Julian Edelman (Jan. 2010) with two touchdown catches in a postseason game.

Long before the 2013 NFL Draft, Allen was a player coveted by Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco. In 2011, Telesco attended Cal’s game against USC at San Francisco’s AT&T Park and he noted that Allen stood out on a field that was loaded with great players. Allen enjoyed one of the most prolific days of his career that evening against the Trojans, catching a career-best 13 passes for 160 yards.

Allen left Cal after his junior season having caught a school-record 205 career passes. His half-brother, Zach Maynard, was his quarterback all three years at Cal. Maynard originally enrolled at the University of Buffalo, but transferred to Cal so that he and Allen could be teammates. In 2011, they combined for the longest pass play in school history, a 90-yard score against the Washington Huskies.

One of Allen’s closest friends is Detroit Lions receiver, Marvin Jones. They became teammates at Cal after Jones hosted Allen during his recruiting visit. Allen is a supporter of youth sports.

He is the sponsor for a 13-and-under AAU basketball team nicknamed the Slayers. Last July, he returned to his hometown of Greensboro, N.C., to host a football camp at his alma mater, Northern Guilford High School. In 2016, he teamed up with a local Boys & Girls club to introduce a program called “Catches for Kids” in which supporters could donate money for each of Allen’s catches

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (76), April 26, 2013...signed four-year contract May 13...agreed to four-year contract extension, June 10, 2016.

2016: Ed Block Courage Award...injured right knee late second quarter Sept. 11 vs. Kansas City and did not return...led team with six catches for 63 yards prior to injury...diagnosed with torn ACL and placed on “Reserve-Injured” Sept. 12. 

2015: Chargers Offensive Player of Year...tied franchise record with 15 catches (Kellen Winslow at Green Bay, Oct. 7, 1984), good for career-high 166 yards, Sept. 13 vs. Detroit...tied for 11th-most catches in game in NFL history...helped Chargers overcome 18-point deficit (second-highest in franchise history) to win, 33-28...15 catches were most in franchise history by wide receiver and were most by any player on NFL Kickoff Weekend since 1970 merger...early fourth quarter vs. Lions, 15-yard 3rd-and-10 catch during go-ahead touchdown drive...later during touchdown drive for 33-21 lead, caught 20-yarder to Lions’ 22 on 3rd-and-19...12 catches for 133 yards and career-high-tying two TDs (34 and 19 yards) Sept. 27 at Minnesota...four catches Oct. 4 vs. Cleveland for 33 through first four games, tying Antonio Gates (2007) for most catches in team history through first four games of season...Oct. 18 at Green Bay, caught 14 passes for 157 yards...six catches in first quarter and 11 in first half...left game in second half with hip injury and did not return...targeted 15 times vs. Packers and caught 14 of 15...Nov. 1 at Baltimore, caught 13-yard touchdown pass just before halftime but injured kidney on play and did not return...on touchdown drive, caught five-yard pass on 3rd-and-3 and seven-yarder on 3rd-and-5...placed on season-ending “Reserve-Injured” Nov. 3.

2014: Ten catches and season-high 135 yards in Sept. 28 win vs. Jacksonville...Oct. 12 at Oakland, set up game-winning touchdown with career-long 29-yard punt return...six plays later, Chargers scored touchdown for final points in 31-28 win...first touchdown of season (2 yards) among team-high nine catches Oct. 23 at Denver...paced team with 104 yards and TD in 27-24 win over St. Louis Nov. 23...touchdown was game-winner as he bounced back from lost fumble at end of 35-yard catch-and-run at Rams’ 16 on previous possession...season-high 11 catches for 121 yards and two TDs in 34-33 win at Baltimore Nov. 30...targeted season-high 15 times...12-yard touchdown catch in first quarter and 23-yarder to pull Bolts within 30-27 with 3:40 left in fourth quarter...during game-winning touchdown drive one series later, had three catches for 33 yards, including catches of 14 and 12 yards on first two plays...injured ankle after making second quarter catch Dec. 14 vs. Denver...returned briefly in third quarter but did not finish game...also injured clavicle during game...inactive Dec. 20 at San Francisco and Dec. 28 at Kansas City.

2013: Pepsi Next and Sporting News NFL Rookie of Year...Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA), and Sports Illustrated NFL Offensive Rookie of Year...PFWA All-Rookie...ESPN All-AFC West...first two NFL catches Sept. 15 at Philadelphia...both were third-down catches good for first downs during scoring drives...first went for 18 yards on 3rd-and-11 on TD drive and second for 16 on 3rd-and-7 during FG drive...made first catch despite being interfered with, drawing penalty flag...during 30-21 win over Dallas Sept. 29, helped sustain first TD drive of game with 31-yard catch on 3rd-and-8...later ignited field goal drive for 23-20 lead with 19-yard catch from own 10 on first play...first-career touchdown on seven-yard catch in fourth quarter at Oakland Oct. 6...started drive with 21-yard punt return and drew pass interference penalty on 1st-and-15 play...finished night with 115 yards for first-career 100-yard game...Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of Week after game-high 107 yards in 19-9 win over Indianapolis Oct. 14...second-straight 100-yard game to become only second Chargers rookie (Don Norton, 1960) with back-to-back 100-yard games...scored team’s only TD of night (22 yards) in second 128 yards and 16-yard late fourth-quarter TD Nov. 3 at Washington...during late game-tying field goal drive, caught 22-yard pass on 4th-and-2, followed by successive catches of 20 and 11 yards...Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of Week after game-high nine catches and 124 yards in 41-38 win Nov. 24 at Kansas City...eight catches for 104 yards in first half...fourth 100-yard game of season set team rookie highs in yards (106) and catches (eight) Dec. 1 vs. Cincinnati…fifth 100-yard game of season and second-consecutive, marking second occasion with back-to-back 100-yard games...first-career multi-TD game in 37-14 win over New York Giants Dec. 8...first half touchdown catches of 43 yards (career long) and four yards, both on 3rd-down plays, helped Bolts jump out to 24-0 lead...raised season receptions total to 61, setting team rookie record (LaDainian Tomlinson, 59 in 2001)...Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of Week after 27-20 road win over 11-2 Denver Dec. 12...touchdown catches of 19 and 10 yards on 3rd down plays in second quarter...third quarter touchdown catch (4 yards) to break 10-10 tie in 26-13 win over Oakland Dec. 22...fifth TD in three games, equaled most by Chargers WR in three-game stretch since 1996...Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of Week after team-high 89 yards in 27-24 overtime win against Kansas City Dec. 29 that put Chargers into AFC playoffs...upped season tally to team-leading and team rookie record 1,046 yards…went over 1,000 yards on 38-yard catch that set up game-tying field goal late in fourth quarter...earlier, 24-yard catch on 3rd-and-6 helped set up TD that tied game at 14-14...held to two catches in Jan. 5 Wild Card Playoff win at Cincinnati, but both were 3rd-down catches in third quarter that helped sustain scoring drives...nine-yard catch on 3rd-and-1 helped sustain TD drive and 12-yarder on later 3rd-and-7 helped sustain FG drive...tied team postseason record with two touchdowns and second-most yards in team playoff history (142) in Jan. 12 Divisional Playoffs at Denver...both touchdowns covered 16 yards in fourth quarter...set up second with 49-yard catch on 4th-and-5.


COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Pac-12 as junior...third-team All- America and first-team All-Pac-12 as sophomore...second-team All-Pac-10 as frosh...2011 Bear Backers MVP Award...four-time recipient of College Football Performer of Week Award, including three times as wide receiver and once as punt returner...Pac-10 Special Teams Player of Week as freshman vs. Arizona State...third in school history with 2,570 yards and seventh in touchdowns (17)...played at Cal from 2010-12...African-American studies major.


PERSONAL: Born in Greensboro, N.C....spent freshman and sophomore seasons at Grimsley (Greensboro) High School... played alongside half-brother and quarterback, Zach Maynard...transferred to Greensboro’s North Guilford High as junior and senior...USA Today All-America as senior...all-state as senior, led squad to 3A Mid-State Conference titles.


Career Stats


Recent Games

17OAKW 30-10913314.8281-------
16@NYJW 14-756312.6200-------
15@KCL 13-3055410.8150-------
14WASW 30-13611118.5510-------
13CLEW 19-101010510.5261-----10
12@DALW 28-61117215.6421-------
11BUFW 54-241215913.329213330--
10@JAXL 17-204481219016660--
8@NEL 13-2146115.3180-------
7DENW 21-034113.7190-------
6@OAKW 17-165459280-------
5@NYGW 27-2246716.8180-------
4PHIL 24-26513827.6500-------
3KCL 10-2456112.2170-------
2MIAL 17-19910011.1240-------
1@DENL 21-24535791-------


TOTAL 543234,01012.474.351224852083


TOTAL 542094.50.2060-000

punt returns

TOTAL 54292297.929040283


yearteamgfumlostffown fropp frown ydsopp ydstdoobsftytb
TOTAL 5465-102701000


TOTAL 54101000011032-32


wkgame dateoppresultggsrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
108/13/2017SEAL 48-1711------------
208/20/2017NOL 13-71119-90-------
308/26/2017@LAW 21-1911545-170-------
408/31/2017@SFL 13-2300------------
TOTAL 33654-170-------

regular season

wkgame dateoppresultggsrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
109/11/2017@DENL 21-2411535-91-------
209/17/2017MIAL 19-17119100-240-------
309/24/2017KCL 24-1011561-170-------
410/01/2017PHIL 26-24115138-500-------
510/08/2017@NYGW 27-2211467-180-------
610/15/2017@OAKW 17-1611545-280-------
710/22/2017DENW 0-2111341-190-------
810/29/2017@NEL 13-2111461-180-------
1011/12/2017@JAXL 17-2011448-19016-60--
1111/19/2017BUFW 24-541112159-29213-30--
1211/23/2017@DALW 28-61111172-421-------
1312/03/2017CLEW 10-191110105-261-----10
1412/10/2017WASW 13-30106111-510-------
1512/16/2017@KCL 13-3011554-150-------
1612/24/2017@NYJW 14-711563-200-------
1712/31/2017OAKW 10-30119133-281-------
TOTAL 16151021,393-51629-6010

receiving splits - split by OPPONENT

Buffalo Bills11215913.32910-220
Cleveland Browns11010510.5267-120
Dallas Cowboys11117215.6428-121
Denver Broncos28769.5195-100
Jacksonville Jaguars144812192-000
Kansas City Chiefs21011511.5178-000
Miami Dolphins1910011.1246-020
New England Patriots146115.3184-000
New York Giants146716.8184-000
New York Jets156312.6203-010
Oakland Raiders21417812.7288-140
Philadelphia Eagles1513827.6505-032
Washington Redskins1611118.5514-021

receiving splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

Outside Own Division10701,02414.65153-4144
vs AFC Teams127690511.92953-5110
vs NFC Teams42648818.85121-174
vs Own Division63236911.52821-240

receiving splits - split by MONTH


receiving splits - split by STADIUM

AT&T Stadium11117215.6428-121
Arrowhead Stadium155410.8153-000
EverBank Field144812192-000
Gillette Stadium146115.3184-000
MetLife Stadium2913014.4207-010
Oakland Coliseum15459282-010
Sports Authority Field at Mile High1535793-100
StubHub Center85984814.45145-4143

receiving splits - split by WIN/LOSSES


receiving splits - split by WEEKDAY

Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)21622614.14211-121

rushing splits - split by OPPONENT

Buffalo Bills1133300
Cleveland Browns1------
Dallas Cowboys1------
Denver Broncos2------
Jacksonville Jaguars1166600
Kansas City Chiefs2------
Miami Dolphins1------
New England Patriots1------
New York Giants1------
New York Jets1------
Oakland Raiders2------
Philadelphia Eagles1------
Washington Redskins1------

rushing splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

Outside Own Division10294.5600
vs AFC Teams12294.5600
vs NFC Teams4------
vs Own Division6------

rushing splits - split by MONTH


rushing splits - split by STADIUM

AT&T Stadium1------
Arrowhead Stadium1------
EverBank Field1166600
Gillette Stadium1------
MetLife Stadium2------
Oakland Coliseum1------
Sports Authority Field at Mile High1------
StubHub Center8133300

rushing splits - split by WIN/LOSSES


rushing splits - split by WEEKDAY

Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)2------

fumbles splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd
Buffalo Bills1-----0
Cleveland Browns110---0
Dallas Cowboys1-----0
Denver Broncos2-----0
Jacksonville Jaguars1------
Kansas City Chiefs2------
Miami Dolphins1------
New England Patriots1------
New York Giants1------
New York Jets1------
Oakland Raiders2---1-1
Philadelphia Eagles1------
Washington Redskins1------

fumbles splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd
Outside Own Division1010---0
vs AFC Teams1210-1-1
vs NFC Teams4-----0
vs Own Division6---1-1

fumbles splits - split by MONTH

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd

fumbles splits - split by STADIUM

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd
AT&T Stadium1-----0
Arrowhead Stadium1------
EverBank Field1------
Gillette Stadium1------
MetLife Stadium2------
Oakland Coliseum1------
Sports Authority Field at Mile High1-----0
StubHub Center810-1-1

fumbles splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd

fumbles splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgfumlostffown fropp frtd
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)2-----0

defensive splits - split by OPPONENT

Buffalo Bills10---0------
Cleveland Browns10---0------
Dallas Cowboys10---0------
Denver Broncos2110000-----
Jacksonville Jaguars10----------
Kansas City Chiefs20----------
Miami Dolphins10----------
New England Patriots10----------
New York Giants10----------
New York Jets1-000-110323232
Oakland Raiders20---0------
Philadelphia Eagles10----------
Washington Redskins10----------

defensive splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

Outside Own Division10-0000110323232
vs AFC Teams1211000110323232
vs NFC Teams40---0------
vs Own Division6110000-----

defensive splits - split by MONTH


defensive splits - split by STADIUM

AT&T Stadium10---0------
Arrowhead Stadium10----------
EverBank Field10----------
Gillette Stadium10----------
MetLife Stadium2-000-110323232
Oakland Coliseum10----------
Sports Authority Field at Mile High1110000-----
StubHub Center80---0------

defensive splits - split by WIN/LOSSES


defensive splits - split by WEEKDAY

Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)20---0------

Receiving splits - FIELD TYPE


Receiving splits - HOME/AWAY

Home Games85984814.45145-4143
Road Games84354512.74229-241

Receiving splits - POINT SITUATIONAL

Ahead by 1-8 Points1923012.12615-330
Ahead by 9-16 Points1417912.8429-231
Behind by 1-8 Points2428311.82817-010
Behind by 9-16 Points917819.8508-032

Receiving splits - HALF

1st Half5367012.64938-3101
2nd Half4972314.85136-383
Last Two Minutes of Half1420114.44910-121

Receiving splits - FIELD TYPE POSITION

Opp 19-1 - by Yard Line9475.2105-400
Opp 49-20 - by Yard Line3851013.44226-271
Own 1-20 - by Yard Line1725715.14914-031
Own 21-50 - by Yard Line3857915.25129-082

Receiving splits - QUARTERS

1st Quarter1919210.13210-020
2nd Quarter3447814.14928-381
3rd Quarter3043414.55123-141
4th Quarter1928915.25013-242
4th Quarter within 7910611.8206-010

Receiving splits - MARGIN

Margin 0-773749613.45025-172
Margin 15+64667014.65133-492
Margin 8-1431922711.92616-120