- The Washington Times - Friday, January 18, 2002

OWINGS MILLS, Md. The last time Baltimore Ravens running back Terry Allen really made headlines was when he wrapped his Ferrari around a tree while driving intoxicated at 133 mph in a 55 mph zone in Monroe, Ga., five years ago while playing for the Washington Redskins..
Allen served 10 days in jail after he plea-bargained on charges of drunken driving and fleeing police in a chase that ended with Allen crashing his $137,000 car. Allen was initially charged with DUI, fleeing and attempting to elude police, reckless driving, hitting a fixed object [street sign], and failing to show proof of insurance.
By all accounts, Allen is lucky to be alive. One might think Allen would be grateful for a second chance at life and the opportunity the Ravens gave him this season to continue his football career.
Not a chance. Allen is a bitter man.
He was asked if he felt slighted by media reports saying he's washed up despite rushing for 242 rushing in the Ravens' last two games.
"I'm done with this interview … because that's the dumbest [expletive] question I've heard this year," Allen replied. "Now get the [expletive] away from my locker."
Allen's rage caught fullback Sam Gash by surprise. Gash, whose locker is next to Allen's, was doing a television interview but had to stop when Allen erupted.
"What's wrong, T.A.?" Gash asked.
No one knows. Maybe it's the pressure of trying to run against the AFC Central champion Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3), the league's best defense and the top rushing defense, in Sunday's AFC divisional playoff at Heinz Field.
Allen probably remembers how it felt when Steelers linebacker Kendrell Bell, the NFL's defensive rookie of the year, dropped him early in the second half of the Steelers' 26-21 win over the Ravens in Baltimore on Dec. 16. In that game, the 33-year-old Allen carried the ball three times for three yards.
Ravens coach Brian Billick thinks Baltimore can pound Allen who has had both knees reconstructed 20 to 25 times in Sunday's game. The Steelers' defense, led by linebackers Bell, Jason Gildon, Earl Holmes and Joey Porter, welcomes that game plan.
Allen, who missed six games this season with a broken hand and sprained ankle, has 767 rushing yards for the season but very few against the Steelers. Allen sat out Baltimore's 13-10 win at Pittsburgh on Nov. 4.
The Ravens running back situation has been by committee this season, another scenario the 5-foot-11, 208-pound Allen believes is inaccurate because he assumed the starting position after star running back Jamal Lewis blew out his ACL in training camp.
Allen, an 11-year veteran out of Clemson, was signed out of retirement and off the street on Aug. 11 after a five-player tryout that included Chris Warren, Mario Bates, Robert Chauncey and Greg Hill. The Ravens thought Allen was the best of an unspectacular cast.
Allen, who probably does not figure in the Ravens' plans for next season, has split time this season with first-year man Jason Brookins (551 yards on 151 carries) and veteran Moe Williams (291 yards on 65 carries). Collectively, the Ravens have rushed for 1,810 yards and 11 touchdowns. Brookins, the team's best short-yardage back, has five touchdowns two more than Allen.
"[Allen] makes it a little easier for me because I'm bigger," Brookins said. "He prepares the food and I cut the meat."

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