Former star defensive end Jared Allen named to Vikings Ring of Honor

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Former star defensive end Jared Allen was named Friday to the Vikings Ring of Honor.

The Vikings invited Allen, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., to come to Minnesota to talk to the team after a practice at U.S. Bank Stadium. After his talk, the Vikings surprised Allen by running a video on the scoreboard that ended with the announcement that he will be inducted into the Ring of Honor at halftime of Minnesota’s Oct. 30 game against Arizona at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Allen played in the NFL from 2004-15, including 2008-13 with the Vikings. He earned three of his four All-Pro selections and made four of his five Pro Bowls with Minnesota. He had 85 1/2 of his 136 career sacks with the Vikings.

“Jared played with a passion, energy and drive that few players are able to match for as long as he did,” said Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf. “He raised the level of play for everyone around him with his relentless approach, and he set a positive example with his engagement in the Minnesota community. We are excited he will join the Vikings Ring of Honor and forever be remembered as a Viking.”

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