Raúl Enrique Allegre Rodríguez (born June 15, 1959) is a former Mexican football placekicker in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, and New York Jets. He played college football at the University of Texas.
|Born:||June 15, 1959|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||167 lb (76 kg)|
|High school:||Shelton (WA)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
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|Player stats at PFR|
Allegre began playing football in 1977, while attending Shelton High School. Originally a soccer player, he had never played American football before his exchange student year at Shelton. Head Coach Jack Stark asked him to try kicking footballs one day before the season began. He had great distance, but each ball went below the crossbar. Coach Stark asked him if he could kick it above the crossbar and Allegre remarked that he could, but thought it was like a soccer goal and was aiming below.
Allegre kicked all extra points, field goals and kickoffs. He broke all the previous school records that season, and regularly kicked off into, and out of the end zone.
Because he did not get much exposure, Stark filmed him kicking from long distance and sent the tape to the University of Montana, who offered Allegre a partial football scholarship. After two years, he opted to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin because of its engineering program.
In 1980, Allegre walked on to the football team and was redshirted because of the NCAA transfer rules. During that time, he handled the scout team kicking duties. In the fall semester he was given a full football scholarship.
In 1981, he was named the starting placekicker. He finished his last 2 seasons with 27 out of 45 field goals (.600), 66 out of 68 extra points (.970) and 147 total points. He earned an undergraduate degree with honors in civil engineering.
He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 1983 NFL Draft, where he had to go through a try out session. On August 29, he was traded to the Baltimore Colts in exchange for a ninth round draft choice (#232-John Hunt).
In 1986, after New York Giants' kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh was injured, the team began auditions to find a replacement. Allegre's two-week tryout was successful, kicking a 57-yard field goal that convinced Coach Bill Parcells to sign him. Because Allegre decided to call his agent before signing the contract, Parcells decided to cancel the deal, signing instead Joe Cooper. After three ineffective game performances by Cooper, Parcells called Allegre back and signed himon on September 25, becoming the team's sixth kicker in 19 games. During the team's Super Bowl run in 1986, he kicked game-winning field goals in consecutive weeks in a crucial mid-season stretch. Allegre kicked the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XXI, with the announcer stating that "Raúl Allegre, will kick off, number 2" just before the game began.
In 1990, he began the season as the starting kicker, before suffering an injury and clearing the way for Matt Bahr. He also did not kick in Super Bowl XXV after being replaced by Bahr in late September.
He was released on May 22, 1991. On October 24, he was re-signed after Bahr suffered a thigh injury. He was cut on November 30. At the time he ranked ninth on the franchise's All-time scoring list, having made 77 out of 103 (74.8%) field goals.
On December 16, 1991, he was signed by the New York Jets to replace an injured Pat Leahy who suffered from sciatica, causing him pain in the back, hip and upper leg which would lead to Leahy's retirement. In the season finale at Miami, Allegre tied the game in the waning moments and won the game and a playoff berth for the Jets in an overtime thriller. He also kicked in the playoff loss against the Houston Oilers.
Allegre lost the competition for the kicker's spot on the Jets roster in training camp to Plan B free agency addition Jason Staurovsky and was released on August 28, 1992. He later decided to retire due to a back injury.
During his nine seasons Allegre made 137 field goals in 186 attempts; he also scored 183 extra points for 594 points and any attempt blocked.
After retiring, Allegre planned to go back to the University of Texas to obtain a MBA degree. He was contacted by NFL Films, to participate in a Spanish-language show, oriented to test the Latin American market.
Allegre was later offered a position for a Dallas Cowboys pre-game show, and later eventually leading to his current work as color commentator for Monday Night Football with Álvaro Martín for ESPN in Latin America. He also appears on NFL32 and contributes to other ESPN programs.
- I was ballboy for Shelton High School and my Father was the head coach during his high school season.
- "Kicks just keep coming for former Griz Raul Allegre". Retrieved April 21, 2018.
- "Kicker Seeks a Raise". Retrieved April 21, 2018.
- Gola, Hank (September 18, 2010). "Former Giants/Jets kicker Raul Allegre helps NFL celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month". New York Daily News. Daily News, LP. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
- "Giants Put Allegre on Injured Reserve". Retrieved April 21, 2018.