Two-time Olympian and Eagles WR Devon Allen was back to doing what he does best when he got back on the track.
Even though the weather may have been more suited for football than track, Eagles wide receiver prospect Devon Allen won the Penn Relays’ Olympic Development 110-meter hurdles race for the second year in a row on Saturday.
Allen edged Rafael Pereira of Brazil in a photo finish, winning by just 0.002 seconds. The time was 13.457 to 13.459.
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“When you’ve got somebody right next to you, you start to focus on them a little bit, and that’s the goal — not to focus on them,” he said. “It’s good to have that because I don’t want the first time I have people around me to be at the World Champs.”
Allen got this victory in front of teammates Jake Elliott, Tyrie Cleveland, Greg Ward, Ian Book, and Tyree Jackson.
In track and field, Allen has had a successful career. He won the NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 110-meter hurdles in 2014 and 2016. He also competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he finished in fifth place in the 110-meter hurdles.
In addition to his track and field career, Allen also played football as a wide receiver for the University of Oregon. He was a member of the team that won the 2015 Rose Bowl and also played in the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship game.
For his NFL career, Allen showed enough on a daily basis to remain on the Eagles’ practice squad for the entire 2022 season.
This offseason, he hopes to take the next step on his path toward contributing to gamedays in the 2023 campaign.
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“It was a great experience. I had a lot of fun, I learned a lot, and I developed a lot as a player,” said Allen in February, the world track superstar the Eagles saw at Oregon’s pre-NFL Draft Pro Day last year and signed to a contract, intent on seeing if his speed in the 110-meter hurdles would translate to the world of football. “It definitely was difficult because I hadn’t played in five, six years, but I feel I developed well and learned a lot from the guys in our room. Everyone on the team was cool and I had a great experience. On top of that, in my first year in the NFL, making it to the Super Bowl was just special.”