Dwayne Allen is one of the best tight ends in the history of Clemson football. The Fayetteville, N.C. native was a consensus first-team all-American and all-ACC player in 2011, his final season as a Tiger. That year, he won the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end.
A third-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts, Allen has been a formidable player during his first two NFL seasons. He’s caught 46 passes for 541 yards and four touchdowns thus far.
Recently, Allen made his way back to Clemson to speak to his former team.
Here’s what Allen had to say:
“Toward my junior and the latter part of my redshirt sophomore year—so my academic senior and junior year—I learned how to serve others, serve those on my team, so younger guys, I started teaching them.”
“Maybe there are some older guys that aren’t playing much. Yo, it’s your job.”
“If you want to be successful as a team, it’s your job to first, No. 1, submit or humble yourself to authority, and No. 2, to serve those around you. Help them out. We have a great platform. In this platform of football, there’s so many people, so many people in the surrounding area, in your hometowns that look up to you.