NFL Networks Adam Schefter is reporting that San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Larry Allen is set to retire. According to the report, Allen is making the decision to retire rather than the having the 49ers make the decision for him. With San Francisco wrapping up a disappointing 5-and-11 season, the 14-year veteran was reportedly not interested in coming back to a team not viewed as being on the verge of winning a championship.
The 36-year old Allen began his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1994 as a second round draft pick out of Sonoma State. He was the lead blocker for Emmit Smith while also helping to protect quarterback Troy Aikman as Dallas went on to dominate the NFL in the 1990’s. If Allen does decide to retire, he would be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2013– an induction class that could also include his teammate with the 49ers this season, defensive lineman Bryant Young along with former Oakland Raiders tackle Warren Sapp.