Marcus still in awe of big brother

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

UNIONVILLE -- Gridiron dinosaur Damon Allen could spend the next decade tossing touchdowns and snapping bones and it still wouldn't surprise his famous older brother.

Like many observers, NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen knows Damon, 43, is the CFL's version of the Energizer bunny -- he keeps going and going and going.

"One thing I can say is that, thanks to our parents, we are much younger, physically, than our ages suggest," Marcus said. "And, having grown up with him, he was always independent, a guy who made his own decisions.

"Whenever I speak to him he tells me how good he feels. It reminds me of the latter stages of my own career. People suggest you should retire at a certain age, but you keep telling yourself: 'I feel too good to hang them up yet.' "

Marcus and Damon participated in the Bell Celebrity Classic yesterday, the star-studded charity golf tournament at Angus Glen Golf Club and The Mandarin Golf and Country Club which raises funds for the Sick Kids Foundation.

Just 24 hours after taking first team reps with the Argos for the first time since breaking the middle finger of his throwing hand June 17, Damon showed no lingering effects from the injury while smacking a few golf balls around the course.

The Argos have yet to announce if Damon will return to action Saturday against the B.C. Lions, although the veteran quarterback has made it clear those are his intentions.

"The thing that sets Damon apart from many other guys is that he's an athlete, not just a one-sport guy," Marcus said.

"He could have played football, basketball or baseball -- football is just the sport he chose. He still seems happy to keep doing what he's doing."


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