Interview by Nick Shook
Sept. 27, 2016
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The former Washington State linebacker is one of the featured players in Season 3 of NFL Network’s “Undrafted”, which airs every Tuesday through Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Allison discusses the eight-episode series, his late mother’s influence and his experience at the Minneapolis regional combine.
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I’ve been playing chess since I was 3. My goal is always to be three moves ahead, and I have to know when I move this pawn or I move this knight. What are the consequences that can happen when I move this piece? Because my whole thing is, you can apply the game of chess to life. You have to be very strategic in what you do, because that can determine the entire fate of the game.
My first offer came from UCLA. It felt really good when I knew that my mom wouldn’t have to pay for me to go to college. And that I knew I was going to college and [scholarship offers] just start coming in. It feels good, but you’re put in another category, because you can’t do certain things that your friends can do [because of NCAA rules] who aren’t getting recruited because you have a lot riding on what you’re doing.
My biggest fear already happened to me, and that was losing my mom. I was scared to death. But when that happened, it kind of opened things up for me a bit. It relaxed me a little bit. Continue reading →