Damon Allen was always hard to pin down for writers trying to define him in a couple paragraphs and for defenders chasing him all over the field over his twenty-three Canadian Football League seasons (when someone plays that long, you write it out).
Ed Willes, who nearly always makes it worth waiting the extra three hours to wait for the Van Province's morning sports newsletter, definitely captures the nature of Allen's CFL career. He was part of a great generation of CFL QBs -- Doug Flutie, Tracy Ham, Kent Austin, Matt Dunigan -- at a time when the league was flirting annually with financial catastrophe. Now he's leaving a vastly different CFL which is healthy finanically but is starving for the lights-out offences that diehards loved back in Allen's prime.
(Boatmen Blog also has a Damon Allen anecdote about "a quintessential CFL moment -- one of the league's most prominent players not being recognized at a football stadium.")
Damon Allen simply refused to be denied (Ed Willes, CanWest News Service)