A Concurrent Resolution welcoming and congratulating Marcus Allen.
WHEREAS, Marcus Allen, retired professional football player, has come to To-
peka today, April 28, 1999, to attend the 1999 legislative reunion and shrimp peel in
support of the Kansas Special Olympics; and
WHEREAS, Marcus Allen was the 1981 Heisman Trophy winner and set an all-
time single-season rushing record of 2,342 yards in his senior year at the University
of Southern California. He was a consensus All-American and was named the 1981
college football player of the year by Walter Camp, the Maxwell Club and Football
WHEREAS, In 16 years as a running back in the National Football League, Mar-
cus Allen was considered one of the best-ever goal-line and short-yardage runners.
He played 222 career games, more than any running back in league history, and
concluded his career with 123 rushing touchdowns, making him the league's all-time
leader. He is one of only two players to carry the football more than 3,000 times and
is the only player in NFL history to gain over 10,000 yards rushing and over 5,000
yards receiving; and
WHEREAS, Marcus Allen played the last five years of his career with the Kansas
City Chiefs. In that time, he scored 44 rushing touchdowns, setting a franchise record
and leading the American Football Conference. He was twice named the Chiefs'
most valuable player; and
WHEREAS, Marcus Allen announced his retirement on April 6, 1998, ending a
football career in which he was the epitome of class and professionalism; and
WHEREAS, Marcus Allen and his wife, Kathryn, serve as spokespersons for the
Ronald McDonald Children's Charities: Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Kansas, the House of Representatives concurring therein: That we welcome Marcus Allen to the Kansas legislative cham-
bers, we congratulate him on his spectacular career in professional football, and we
convey our gratitude for his willingness to dedicate his time and talent to support the
Kansas Special Olympics.
I hereby certify that the above Concurrent Resolution originated