Philadelphia Eagles Star Devon Allen Reveals Uncanny Similarities Between NFL and Track and Field

Published 12/11/2023, 5:45 AM EST

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In a groundbreaking athletic crossover, former track and field sensation turned NFL player, Devon Allen, illuminates the fascinating intersections between his two worlds. Allen, a two-time Olympian in the 110m hurdles, has made headlines previously. Continuing the era in a new social media update, the legend answers fans’ most asked questions. He openly shares his words on the transition between the two sports, and the difficulties and similarities he faced.

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The highlight has set the sports world abuzz. The Olympian unveiled the intricacies of juggling two demanding disciplines in the post. Allen’s words echo his commitment to both sports, emphasizing the surprising similarities that ease the transition. Here’s the scoop. 

Balancing act of Devon’s stride across two arenas

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In a tweet from NBC Olympics on December 11th, Allen’s perspective shines on the internet. The post captures a video showcasing him talking about his experience. The caption reads, “Track and field world (handshake emoji ) football”. Along with the attached video features champion words, “Both sports are pretty similar in terms of what I do”. 

He further adds, “You have to be able to jump, you have to rotate, you have to be powerful and so, for the most part, it pretty much fits in terms of my training and how that goes together”. The athlete’s words delve into the challenges, highlighting the need to stay healthy and the intricate balance required. Furthermore, he emphasizes that the primary challenge lies in avoiding hurdle training during football season, and prioritizing health and body care. 

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The new NFL star adds, “Doing this for six, seven years as a professional, I’ve definitely figured out, you know, the best way to do that”. Lastly, the icon concludes with the fact that despite the difficulty, the opportunities to compete in both sports have been rewarding.  

Allen finally touchdowns his childhood dream

Devon Allen’s childhood dream manifested as he stepped onto the NFL field for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Olympian, a two-time participant in the 110m hurdles, became the 44th Olympian to grace the NFL regular season. His debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers marked a pivotal moment in his career.

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Reflecting on the achievement, Allen shared on Instagram, “Since I was 5 years old I’ve been dreaming of playing in the NFL.” His journey wasn’t linear, but his passion for the game remained unwavering. Elevated from the practice squad to the active roster, Allen made his mark as a wide receiver, underlining his versatility by returning a kickoff for 17 yards in the second quarter.

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The 28-year-old’s dual commitment to the NFL and track and field is evident. From competing in the 2016 Olympics to Tokyo 2020, Allen seamlessly transitions between the worlds of speed and agility. As the Paris Olympics are just around the corner, the world awaits more news updates from the athlete.

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Harshita Chawla

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I'm Harshita Chawla, a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. My journey began as a sports writer for a college magazine, cultivating a rich understanding of content creation in the sports industry. My versatility spans from crafting insightful content on alpine skiing to exploring various facets of gymnastics.
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