Damon Allen isn't about to let talk of possibly being the Canadian Football League's Most Outstanding Player go to his head.
Allen's name surfaced in several media outlets across Canada as the leading candidate for the honour this week following two consecutive games in which he passed for more than 400 yards.
And he provided further evidence last night in the Argos' 34-11 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the Rogers Centre. He completed 18 of 32 passes for 328 yards and had two touchdowns and an interception before he was rested for the final quarter. Allen has a league-leading 33 touchdown passes and could pass his previous personal best mark of 34 touchdown passes in a season, set in 1990.
In 20 previous years, Allen never has been the CFL's Outstanding Player and never has been voted a league all-star. But his latest effort will continue to garner him support.
Allen, who at age 42 is the eldest player in the league, played down all the media hype going into the game.
"I don't think I started playing the game of football to be acknowledged in that way," he said. "From Day 1, I'm doing something that I dreamed about as a kid to do professionally. Basically, I'm living the dream. I'm having the time of my life and for me I don't think I need any recognition to prove that I've done something.
"For me, I would be just as (content) retiring and leaving the game quietly and hopefully when I leave the (career) numbers people can talk about for years to come."
Allen has set numerous CFL passing records, including attempts, completions and total yards. He is expected to surpass Warren Moon's all-pro career record of 70,560 passing yards sometime next season. Allen entered last night's game with 68,993 career passing yards and eclipsed the 69,000 mark with a 25-yard pass to Tony Miles early in the first quarter.