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Jonathan Allen


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Position College Years in the NFL
Defensive Tackle Alabama 5

Demonstrates Excellence on The Field

Jon entered 2021 as a three-year Defensive Captain, having appeared in 59 games with 59 starts, accounting for 214 tackles [119 solo] and 22.0 sacks. Jon started all 16 games in which he appeared in 2020. A decorated Alabama product who was the second Chuck Bednarik Award winner and third Bronko Nagurski Award winner — each awarded by various organizations to the nation's best defensive player — drafted by Washington all-time.

Demonstrates Dedication and Commitment to Community Efforts this Year

Since joining the team, Jon has continually demonstrated a commitment to the Washington Football community. As a Northern Virginia Native, Jonathan has made it a goal to ensure that all children across our region have access to the resources they need to succeed. This season, he is doing a Tackling Youth Homelessness Pledge – for every tackle he has this season, individuals will pledge a certain amount of money to help fight youth homelessness.

To help kick off Crucial Catch month, Jon helped organize a team-wide donation of over $25,000 in Coach Rivera's honor for Proton Therapy Treatment and Research to celebrate Coach being cancer-free.

Demonstrates Dedication and Commitment to Community Efforts in Years Past

Through regular attendance at Washington Football Community events since his Rookie year, Jon developed a passion for giving back on his own and has worked to find community focus areas that mean the most to him. A prime example of his dedication to the DMV community is his involvement with Sasha Bruce Youthwork in DC. Jon participates in weekly counseling sessions with youth in the community and contributes to their Rapid Response funding initiative. Jon and his wife Hannah also served on the planning committee for the annual Sasha Bruce gala and are working on a plan to bring holiday cheer to the SBY community for the upcoming holiday season.

Demonstrates Consistency in Positive Character and Models a Lifestyle of Giving Back

Jon and his wife Hannah have made significant financial and time contributions to Sasha Bruce Youthwork, one of the largest and most experienced services providers to youth in Washington, DC. Sasha Bruce helps young people find safe homes, achieve, maintain good physical and mental health, create, strengthen supportive and stable families, and explore opportunities in education and careers. The Jonathan and Hannah Allen Innovation Lounge – a multidisciplinary space designed by youth for youth – is located in DC's only homeless youth shelter for minors – the Bruce House. The lounge offers a fun and innovative space to inspire creativity, open-mindedness, and the entrepreneurial spirit among homeless and runaway youth. The Lounge is outfitted with Microsoft Surface Pro Laptops, Wireless Access Points, dedicated Study, and Learning Spaces, gaming and entertainment systems, and more. Jonathan turned his ideas for community engagement into action.

Jon has been a regular participant in Team events and League initiatives, including My Cause, My Cleats, Salute to Service, youth football events, food packaging and distribution initiatives, and more! In 2020, Jon joined a virtual event with Children of Fallen Patriots to announce a $10,000 grant to help with student scholarships. In 2019, unveiled a brand-new Innovation Lounge to support homeless youth at Sasha Bruce Youthwork with wife Hannah. In 2018, Jon participated in the sixteenth annual Harvest Feast, where he helped pass out 2,500 Thanksgiving meals to Prince George's County residents. In 2017, guided students from Dreams for Kids DC through football drills, packaged weekend bags for Prince George's County Elementary School students at the Capital Area Food Bank and welcomed 200 elementary school kids into the Washington locker room at FedEx Field to meet Santa and take home toys for Christmas at Skins Santa Shoppe.