Lifetime of Football Memorabilia, Memories

George Allen’s widow has been the caretaker of items from the late coach’s decades-long career. Now, though, it might be time to sell.

He never could give it up.

George Allen was 71 when he took over the football team at Long Beach State. That was nearly 20 years ago. He coached just one season, resurrecting a nearly extinct program. Allen died on New Year’s Eve, 1990–suffering a heart attack just weeks after being drenced with a Gatorade shower by his happy players who were enjoying their first winning season in years.

His real fame, though, came in the 1960s and 70s when he was considered one of the NFL’s best coaches, heading up the Rams (three times) and the Redskins. Washington was a great place for Allen, who was a friend to presidents throughout his life.

Allen’s considerable accumulation of memorabilia and coaching artifacts is still hanging where he left it. His wife Etty, however, is considering the possibility of turning it over to auction.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram was there when she gave a tour to SCP Auctions and other friends.