Larry Allen still laughs about the day Reggie White threw hi
DENNE H. FREEMAN
Jan. 05, 1995
IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Larry Allen still laughs about the day Reggie White threw him around like a rag doll.
``It was pretty embarrassing,'' the Dallas Cowboys rookie offensive tackle said Wednesday. ``He was injured, but he hurled me back toward the quarterback with just one arm. I saw it later on film, too. It was pretty amazing.''
That was in the first half of the Cowboys' 42-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day.
Teammates were trying to console Allen at halftime when Erik Williams came in on crutches.
Williams had suffered a leg injury when his speeding car careened out of control and hit a concrete wall. Allen had to play Williams' position with little training.
Allen, who played at small Sonoma (Calif.) State College and was a second-round draft pick, was overwhelmed by White's techniques and strength.
``Erik told me to calm down and remember not to let White get me off balance,'' Allen said. ``He was using moves I had never seen. I was getting too high and he was digging under my pads. Erik told me to stay lower.''
Allen came back on the field in the second half and did much better as third-string quarterback Jason Garrett saved the day.
``At least I'll have longer to prepare for Reggie this time,'' Allen said. ``Thanksgiving was a short week and I didn't get much practice time.''
White was not supposed to play in the game because of an arm injury, and Allen was stunned when he saw him.
``I thought I was going against Don Davey and then all of a sudden there Reggie was,'' Allen said.
Dallas coach Barry Switzer said he looks for a better performance out of Allen on Sunday in the NFC divisional playoffs against White and the Packers.
``Reggie was the only one who physically whipped Allen,'' Switzer said. ``It was scary that he did it with one arm.
``Green Bay is moving Reggie around more now and he may not be over Larry a lot of the time. But we think Larry will do a much better job.''
Allen is highly sought for interviews this week because of the way White manhandled him made all the highlight shows.
``I heard from a lot of my friends who said they saw it,'' Allen said. ``They wanted to know if I was OK.''
White said he missed going against former Pro Bowler and All-Pro Williams because, ``He is the best.''
But he expects a better match against the 325-pound Allen this time.
``He'll be better prepared,'' White said.