George Herbert Allen was an American football coach in the National Football League and the United States Football League. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and he earned varsity letters in football, track and basketball at Lake Shore High School in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Allen went to Alma College in Michigan and later at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Allen was the head football coach at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. The Morningside team was called the Chiefs at that time and he held that position for three seasons, from 1948 through 1950. His coaching record at Morningside was 16–11–2, Allen then coached at Whittier College in southern California for six seasons, where he was 32–22–5 from 1951 through 1956. Allen joined the Los Angeles Rams staff in 1957, under fellow Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman and his defensive schemes and tactics—and his strong motivational skills—helped make the Bears unit one of the stingiest of its era. Allens presence also had an effect on such future Hall of Fame players as linebacker Bill George. Following their 14–10 victory over the New York Giants on December 29 at frigid Wrigley Field, nBCs post-game locker-room television coverage infamously captured Bears players singing Hooray for George, hooray at last, hooray for George, hes a horses ass. Allens was the most common name to be suggested as a replacement for Halas should the old man of the league decide to step down. Jeff Daviss biography Papa Bear states that Halas informally told Allen in 1964 and 1965 that he would name him as head coach. But in 1965, after a 9–5 Bears finish that earned the iron-willed Halas NFL Coach of the Year honors, Halas stayed on as head coach through the 1967 season. In January 1966, Allen reached an agreement with owner Dan Reeves of the Los Angeles Rams to replace Harland Svare as head coach and he quickly faced a legal battle with Halas, who claimed that Allens leaving was in breach of his Bears contract. The Bears owner did win his case in a Chicago court but immediately allowed Allen to leave, Halas would not be so magnanimous in an NFL meeting soon after when he attacked Allens character. Upon hearing this, Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi joked to Reeves, the Rams had for some time been dwelling in or just above the NFLs basement. The team boasted considerable talent at several positions, most notably on the defensive line, Allen brought his well-known motivational skills to Los Angeles, and his twice-daily rigorous training-camp practices took players by surprise. He revealed the philosophy that he would be known for throughout his NFL career—acquiring veteran players for draft picks to fill specific roles and his motto was the future is now. He also emphasized the role of teams as integral to team success. He revamped the Rams secondary with trades and installed quarterback Roman Gabriel, previously relegated to the bench, Allen vaulted the Rams from a 4–10 record in 1965 to 8–6 in his first year—the teams first winning season since 1958
A football signed by George Allen and gifted to President Gerald Ford.