Ex-UGA standout Asher Allen retires from NFL

Former University of Georgia standout Asher Allen, from Tucker, has retired from the NFL, according to Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier.

“Caught me by surprise,” Frazier told the Minnesota media on Wednesday at the Vikings’ organized team activities.

Allen, a cornerback, didn’t blame any health issues for the decision, Frazier said.

Allen, 24, has started 20 games over the past two seasons.

He was selected in the third round of the 2009 draft and played in 36 games for the Vikings.

After graduating early from Tucker High, Allen played at Georgia from 2006-08.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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May 30th, 2012
2:57 pm

Not a great but a very good CB at UGA, even with Willie Mart’s teaching. He was about an average nickel CB in the NFL. That’s sad for him to be retiring at just 24 but I’m assuming he graduated college and has his degree anyways. Best of luck Asher! Once a Dawg, always a Dawg.

The Grinch

May 30th, 2012
3:08 pm

I hate that. I wish you well, Asher.


May 30th, 2012
3:31 pm

While you have your health…. Good luck Asher Allen

S" Bam" C

May 30th, 2012
3:55 pm


May 30th, 2012
4:03 pm

He undoubtly weighed all his options, took the associated risks into account, and took the best option available to him.


May 30th, 2012
4:40 pm

What? Playing for the unmatched greatness of Leslie Frazier didn’t excite him?


May 30th, 2012
5:11 pm

Gotta agree with SeenThisB4. Looked at the risks (even if he’s not on the field, still has to practice against someone who is fighting for his job). Hopefully he is getting out of the NFL early enough before he turns into mush.


May 30th, 2012
7:06 pm

Of course I’m talking about Nick Fairley. Was he too tough on your Bulldog QB?

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evil empire

May 30th, 2012
8:56 pm

poor guy…got stuck playing for 2 loser organizations…vikings and uga…it’ll get better for him…he sure deserves it…


May 30th, 2012
9:20 pm

i hope he aint quiting like ricky williams did 2 smoke more weed even though i might even b wrong bout him even doing drugs but hopefully hes quiting for the right reasons

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May 30th, 2012
10:09 pm

asher allen won the sugar bowl with UGA. Hardly a loser organization.

Jimmy Crack

May 31st, 2012
9:05 am

With Asher’s skill set, and the dozens of mediocre-to-bad Cornerbacks around the league, he could change his mind, unretire next year, and fit right into a nickel package somewhere without too much difficulty. If he means was he says and stays retired, then good luck to him.


May 31st, 2012
10:46 am

What does Asher Allen have to do with the Atlanta Falcons? Sounds like a UGA story to me.


May 31st, 2012
10:46 am

What in the world is going on with that kid?..I think he is scared about what is going to happen if it happens to him in the future, about this concussion thing you know? I am just saying.


May 31st, 2012
11:26 am

Played long enough to collect a pension; that’s what matters to a lot of players.

North Ave FTW

May 31st, 2012
3:36 pm

This story has legs…..stay tuned for act 2.
The other shoe will drop soon.

Delbert D.

June 1st, 2012
6:36 pm

I wonder what his retirement benefits are going to be. Is there a vesting period?


June 3rd, 2012
5:39 am

Asher gets a pretty pension comparatively speaking…

“Players get credited for a full season after being on the active roster (or on injured reserve or the physically unable to perform list) in three games.”
Example in point, former LB Demarrio Williams
“Williams (when he played in third NFL game) is now guaranteed to receive at least $1,275 per month in today’s dollars from the NFL Players Association pension fund starting on his 55th birthday. And his benefit grows with each season he plays, as do other features of the NFL’s retirement plan: A player is eligible for an annuity after his fourth NFL season, and the league’s 401(K) plan matches $2 for every $1 contributed.”