The Arizona Cardinals' coaching staff has a new member.
On Tuesday morning, the franchise announced the hire of former Pro Bowl running back Terry Allen as the second participant in the organization's Bill Bidwill coaching fellowship, which gives recently retired NFL players an opportunity to gain coaching experience in the professional ranks.
Allen will spend the next two seasons with the Cardinals coaching running backs, and follows Levon Kirkland in the fellowship, who worked with the team's outside linebackers during the 2015 and 2016 campaigns.
Like Kirkland, Allen played his college ball at Clemson, which is where he's spent the past few seasons as a student coaching intern for the Tigers' offensive staff. Now, Allen will have the opportunity to work in the NFL, and help mentor one of the league's premier backs, Cardinals' starter David Johnson.
During a 10-year NFL career, Allen spent four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, four seasons with the Washington Redskins, and also spent time with the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens. Allen's best season came in 1996 with Washington, when he was selected to the Pro Bowl and named an All-Pro running back after rushing for an NFL-best 21 touchdowns and 1,353 yards.
Over the course of his career, Allen made 114 starts, racked up over 8,000 rushing yards, scored 73 rushing touchdowns and added 1,601 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns.
Allen will work alongside Freddie Kitchens, who was named the Cardinals' running backs' coach this offseason following the departure of Stump Mitchell. Kitchens previously coached quarterbacks for the Cardinals, but with Mitchell's absence, the team shifted him to coaching running backs and named Byron Leftwich the new quarterbacks' coach.