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Saturday, February 24, 2007

When Reggie White respects you, it means something

Eric Allen's presence on YouTube is, thankfully, more watchable than Mike Haynes'. A short preview for a video entitled Eric Allen: Cornerback, the clip includes some great testimonials. Having Don Shula call you "one of the finest cornerbacks to ever play the game" is pretty special.

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The greatest Cornerbacks

We start the unveiling of the All-time ASU team with the cornerbacks.

Mike Haynes is the only Sun Devil in both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He was all-conference in 1973, 74 and 75, and was named to six All-America teams at the end of the Sun Devils’ unbeaten 1975 season. ASU’s record was 40-8 during Haynes’ four seasons and Frank Kush nicknamed him “luxury”.

Eric Allen was a member of the 1987 Rose Bowl championship team. Listed generously at 5’10”, Allen used his blazing speed and football instincts to shut down the best of them.

Although not a condition for selection to this team, it is worth noting that both Haynes and Allen went on to stellar pro careers. Haynes arrival in Los Angeles midway through the 1983 season set the stage for the Raiders to win Super Bowl XVIII, and Eric Allen was a member of some great Philadelphia Eagle defenses during the late 80’s and early 90’s before moving on to the Saints and Raiders. Haynes was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.

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