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Damon Allen

Four-time Grey Cup Champion & Pro Football's Most Prolific Quarterback

Damon Allen is considered one of the greatest CFL quarterbacks of all-time. Leading the all-time pro football passing chart with 72,381 passing yards, Allen surpassed Warren Moon’s total of 70,553 yards (in both the CFL and NFL combined) in 2006. He also stands fifteenth on the all-time professional rushing list and retired only 323 yards behind his older brother, NFL Hall of Famer and Superbowl MVP, Marcus Allen.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Leadership at the Pivot Position
Canada’s most successful quarterback shares his lessons from the field for the office.  With storytelling and the experience of 20 years of publicly scrutinized leadership, Damon shares his keys to successful leadership. He discusses having a game plan, shouldering responsibilities, required personality, decision-making, execution and dealing with pressure.

Teamwork – Pass the Ball!
As a player of the ultimate team sport and the most prolific successful passer in pro football, Damon speaks about what it takes for team success. He discusses the topics of team-first mindsets, preparation, resources, mistakes and bonding. With team success, there’s reciprocal recognition.  While the quarterback is recognized for taking the lead with the accuracy of the call and throw, the players are recognized for their role in running with the play and taking it to the goal, all while blocking competitors.

Solid Foundations, Strong Future
Damon is one of the most respected players in the CFL, with a legendary history of success partnered with integrity.   Allen believes that having a strong foundation and knowing who you are contributes to a strong future and continued success.  Sharing his personal and professional stories, Allen speaks of his philosophies.

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Links Golf Program

Celebrity Golfer

Celebrity Partnerships

  • For more than two decades, Damon Allen has been a leader, a champion and an ambassador for our league, even more impressive than the many records he holds are the memories and inspirations he has left with our fans from across the country.

    - Commissioner, Canadian Football League
  • Empirical evidence overwhelmingly confirms that Damon is the most prolific player in pro football history.

    - Argonauts CEO, Michael ‘Pinball' Clemons

Summary Profile

As the most prolific passer in professional football history, Allen was the quarterback for five different CFL teams including the BC Lions, Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Argonauts. Allen led four different teams to Grey Cup champion status and earned titles of CFL’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year, CFL All-Star, and Grey Cup MVP. Allen retired on May 28, 2008, at age 44, after 23 years in the CFL.

Damon Allen was not only an outstanding football player he was also a superior baseball player. His Titans’ baseball team won the 1984 College World Series. Allen was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft in the seventh round, the same year the Tigers won the Major League Baseball World Series. Allen never signed a professional, major league baseball contract with the Tigers, but did sign one with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993. Allen reported to the Pirates’ spring training camp in 1994, but ultimately left camp and decided to play football.

In May 2010 Allen launched the Damon Allen Quarterback Academy to personally teach the skills and strategies of quarterbacking to students of all ages and skill levels. May 2011 Damon will host his first annual High School Quarterback Challenge, and his annual Night of Champions will continue to be held in the host city of the Grey Cup Festival.

With a quiet confidence, sense of fun and storytelling, Allen speaks to many audiences on the importance of leadership and teamwork. Allen is active in his community supporting a variety of charities, and is a strong voice advocating for the importance of amateur football across Canada.