This time of year we will hear about the long road back to the NFL a lot of players. For former Chiefs tight end Michael Allan, he landed with the Seattle Seahawks last week after being out of football since his exit from Kansas City in 2008. The team found him in the unlikeliest of places.
His girlfriend happened to sing in the choir at a church attended by Will Lewis, the Seahawks’ vice president of pro personnel. Allan was introduced to Lewis, using the opportunity to let him know that he was in the neighborhood and still in what he considered to be playing condition.
When (QB JP) Losman needed targets, Allan got a call to come over and catch some passes.
They liked what they saw enough that they timed him over 40 yards, and Allan clocked a 4.65, which he said was faster than he ran at the ’07 scouting combine before getting drafted in the seventh round by the Chiefs.
“I knew it was going to be a light-hearted workout because they were looking at somebody other than me,” he said. “So I was really relaxed. I guess I caught everything and ran good routes.”
KC connection or not, what a great story. If Allan’s girlfriend doesn’t sing at the same church as Lewis then Allan is still training clients at the local gym.
Allan gives new meaning to an athlete thanking God for the opportunity to play professional sports.