One good example of a man who came from a stormy childhood to the limelight is Jonathan Allen, a current American football player for the Washington Redskins. He is a defensive lineman who was recruited in the round one of the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the 17th NFL pick that year. Prior to turning pro, he played college football with the University of Alabama team, Crimson Tide.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Jonathan was born on the 16th of January in the year 1995 in Anniston Alabama but he moved to different cities during his very turbulent childhood. This may be linked to the fact that his father Richard Allen was a military nuclear biological chemist at the time.
Jonathan’s mother suffered mental instability. She became paranoid at a point and refused to allow her sons to communicate with their father. She also withdrew them from school for a protracted period of time and moved to South Carolina. However, in 2004, a court granted Jonathan’s father full custody of the kids after they had spent some years in foster care and imposed it on their mother to undergo a psychological evaluation program, which she did not attend.
At the age of 9, Jonathan Allen developed a keen interest in football and played in the park along with his elder brother (who was 9 years older than him). He often played with boys much older and bigger than himself and was able to hold his own with them.
Jonathan recalled how his dad had raised them with martial discipline and ensured they made up for the school years they had missed while with their mum. Richard Allen settled for nothing but excellence in everything for his sons who equally made good grades in school. Jonathan even excelled in playing the trombone. When he enrolled in Stone Bridge High School in Virginia, Jonathan played in the school’s football team. In his senior year, he was awarded the Gatorade Football Player of the Year 2012.
Thereafter, he went to the University of Alabama where he played college football with the school team. In his first year, Allen played a total of 13 games and had 16 tackles. In the second year, 2014, he played 14 games in which he started in 12 of them and started all 14 games in the third year (2015). Through his immense contribution as a linebacker, the Crimson Tide won the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Allen’s professional career began in 2017 with Washington Redskins. It was predicted that he would make the top 5 picks. However, this was not to be as he was diagnosed with arthritis on his shoulder and had to undergo surgery on both shoulders. He ended up as the 17th pick of the 2017 NFL draft. On April 27, 2017, he signed a 4-year contract worth $11.59 million with the Redskins.
Jonathan has been very quiet about his mother’s identity as he reveals that his parents got divorced when he was just two years old and alongside his elder brother, Richard III, Jonathan had to stay in a number of hotels with their mum when their father was off on a military duty in South Korea.
The social services of Southern Carolina had to take him and his brother away from their mother. This action saw both parents and the social services in a lawsuit until the boys were recovered and handed over to their father in 2004. He then raised them in a normal home along with his new wife. Their biological mother was placed on psychological examination and treatment – though they never heard from her again. Jonathan has 2 step-siblings.
Meet Jonathan Allen’s Girlfriend That Later Became His Wife
Jonathan Allen’s only known girlfriend, Hannah Franklin, eventually became his wife. Hannah Franklin grew up in Illinois. The couple has been together since they met in a study class at the University of Alabama since 2015. Jonathan proposed to her 10 days before he was drafted into the NFL in April and they marched to the altar in July 2018.
Like most American football players, Jonathan Allen is quite a huge guy who stands at, 6 feet 3 inches in height. He weighs 294lbs (133 kg) and has an arm length that spans 33 5/8”.