Remembering Chuck Allen

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The Seahawks mourn the death of Chuck Allen, a long-time member of the team’s front office, who passed away at home on December 14. He was 77.

Allen joined the expansion Seahawks in 1975 as the director of player personnel, and was later the VP of Football Operations. He spent 20 years with the team, and was the assistant general manager in his final years with the Seahawks.

“Our records didn’t always show it, but we had a bunch of guys that hung together,” Allen recalled of his years with the Seahawks. “It was a lot of fun.”

He grew up in Cle Elum, WA, and was a three-year letterman at the University of Washington, playing both linebacker and guard. Allen was an All-Conference and All-Coast guard for the Huskies in the 1959 and 1960 seasons, with each of those ending with a Rose Bowl win.

Allen was drafted in the 28th round of the 1961 AFL draft by the San Diego Chargers.  He was an inside linebacker for the Chargers during its first nine seasons in San Diego from 1961 to 1969, and was part of their 1963 championship team which defeated the Boston Patriots. He then spent two seasons in Pittsburgh before ending his playing career in 1972 with Philadelphia.

“He really kind of set the tone as a middle linebacker in the early years of the Chargers,” said former Steelers head coach Chuck Noll, who was a defensive coach with the Chargers in the early 1960s.  “Chuck didn’t make any mistakes, and he had that kind of quiet leadership that you like.”

Allen leaves a wife, Linda, and four children.

(The above video feature is from 2014.)

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