Terry Thomas Allen, Jr. (born February 21, 1968) is a former American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. Allen played college football for Clemson University. In the 1990 NFL Draft, he was selected in the ninth round by the Minnesota Vikings.
Between 1992 and 1996, Allen had 4 consecutive seasons of rushing for 1,000 or more yards, minus the 1993 season which he missed completely due to an injury.
During Allen's rookie season, he was the second string running back behind Herschel Walker. The next season, the Vikings named Allen as the starter, and he rushed for 1,201 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 49 passes for 478 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the summer of 1993, Allen tore his ACL in practice and missed the entire 1993 season. In 1994, Allen returned. Despite dealing with two bad ACL's, he was able to amass 1,031 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns.
Allen joined the Washington Redskins for the 1995 season rushed for 1,309 yards and 10 touchdowns. During the 1996 season, his second with the Redskins, he gathered 21 rushing touchdowns; only 9 other running backs ever rushed for over 20 touchdowns in a single season. He also had another career best in the 1996 season; besides 21 rushing touchdowns, he ran for 1,353 yards, which earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl. After the 1996 season, he played with Washington for only two more seasons and ran for 700 or more yards in each season.
In July 1997, Allen was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and fleeing the police at high speed before crashing his sports car into a peach tree in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1999, Allen played for the New England Patriots, where he ran for nearly 900 yards with 8 rushing touchdowns.
Allen had the worst season of his career with the New Orleans Saints in 2000, when he was forced into action after starting RB Ricky Williams broke his ankle.
Even though Allen had a subpar season with the Saints, in 2001 the Baltimore Ravens signed him to a one-year deal due to losing Jamal Lewis for the season.