Allen game for Hall fame

Quarterback Damon Allen, warming up his arm during an Argos practice this week, is 88 passing yards...

Quarterback Damon Allen, warming up his arm during an Argos practice this week, is 88 passing yards away from reaching 70,000 in his pro football career. (Toronto Sun/Stan Behal)

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

In a perfect world, Damon Allen one day will find his finely-chiseled bust resting next to that of older brother Marcus in Canton, Ohio.

In reality, you might have a better chance of seeing Joe Theismann return as Argos pivot.

Allen, at worst, definitely deserves consideration, given the fact that it is known the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- not just the NFL Hall of Fame.

But most voters south of the border turn a blind eye to the CFL, even if Warren Moon did give the Canadian-based league a solid endorsement during his recent induction ceremony honouring him as the Hall's first Afro-American quarterback.

It's hard to ignore the significant milestone looming in front of the ageless Allen this weekend.

Allen needs just 88 passing yards against the Montreal Alouettes at the Rogers Centre Saturday to join Moon as the only quarterbacks in pro football history to reach the illustrious 70,000 plateau.

Moon's all-time record of 70,613 also is in reach and, should his healing finger hold up, Allen could eclipse that mark in the next several weeks, becoming pro football's career passing leader in the process.

Allen's feats are not going unnoticed in the U.S. A writer from the New York Times is scheduled to be at practice today to document Allen's assault on Moon's record.

"All I can say about (the Hall) is that since Warren is in there, it at least left the door open for others who have played in the CFL," Allen, 43, said yesterday. "They can't take away the six years he played up here.

"If the criteria is based solely on my numbers, then it would be hard to fathom why I wouldn't be considered. Look at my rushing totals. My (11,750) career rushing yards would put me near the top 10 of all-time career rushers in the NFL."

That total, in fact, would place him 13th on the list, just behind former Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas.

Of course, comparing the NFL and CFL is like juggling apples and oranges.

For now, Allen will just enjoy the moment of reaching the 70,000 mark.

"It's a special accomplishment but the main thing is to get the victory," said Allen, who sat out with an injured finger during the Als' 31-7 drubbing of the Argos two weeks ago in Montreal.


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