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Eagles wide receiver Devon Allen, the master juggler

Devon Allen

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While many athletes boast about their multi-talents, only a tiny percentage of them pursue more than one of their athletic abilities. Devon Allen is breaking the mold by placing himself in the spotlight in more ways than one in a world where most athletes have surrendered themselves to compete in one sport at a time. The gifted hurdler is also a professional NFL player.

While many athletes boast about their multi-talents, only a small percentage of them pursue more than one of their athletic abilities. Devon Allen is breaking the mold by placing himself in the spotlight in more ways than one in a world where most athletes have surrendered themselves to compete in one sport at a time. The gifted hurdler is also a professional NFL player.

As he juggles practicing on the track with running routes on the football, American hurdler Devon Allen says playing in the NFL is no hindrance to his World Championship dreams.

The two-time Olympian placed fourth in Tokyo, but he took advantage of a golden opportunity to join as a wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles in April, returning to a sport he last played in 2016 while at Oregon.

While combining high-level track with bone-crunching football may appear unsafe to some, Allen has shown no signs of exhaustion thus far.

Despite a demanding schedule, he ran the third-fastest 110-meter hurdles time in history on Sunday at the NYC Grand Prix, defeating world champion Grant Holloway in 12.84 seconds.

“The most important thing for me in football is that I’m a fast and strong athlete; all I have to do now is start doing football stuff, like running routes and catching footballs,” the 27-year-old added.

On his “off days,” Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, he participates in scheduled team activities with the Eagles for four days.

“It made me more calm and focused me up in terms of what I’m doing… football and track, trying to balance both; I had to be really careful with my recovery, my sleep, my nutrition, everything like that,” he said.

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