Jared Scot Allen (born April 3, 1982) is an American football defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Allen played college football at Idaho State and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. A three-time Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro, Allen leads all defensive players with 72 sacks since the 2004 season.
As a child, Allen competed in several junior rodeos in the calf roping events. Allen also grew up reining horses and currently owns three riding horses. Once his NFL career is over, he plans on returning to the rodeo to compete in steer wrestling. His father, Ron, was once on the training camp roster of the Minnesota Vikings.
Allen was one-year letter winner at Los Gatos High School under coach Butch Cattolico, his other 2 seasons spent at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, CA. As a senior he was named First-Team All-League, and he was named Defensive Player of the Year. He also was a First-Team All-Central Coast Section selection, and he was a member of Who’s Who in Sport. Allen was selected to the North squad for the North vs. South San Jose Charlie Wedemeyer all star football game, after a senior season where he racked up 96 tackles, 12 sacks, five forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. He was a roadie for Motörhead during this time. Additionally he was his team’s Most Valuable Player.