Former Madison County and Liberty University standout running back Aldreakis “Al” Allen tried out last week for the Indianapolis Colts during the team’s rookie minicamp.
Allen got cut after the three-day camp, which ended Sunday, but he said he’s far from done pursuing a pro football career.
“It was a great camp overall,” said Allen. “But they didn’t take any running backs. There were four running backs they looked at. I was thankful for the opportunity. I’m just going to keep pursuing an NFL career as much as possible. That’s just one team out of 32.”
Allen said he the camp was a good experience. The NFL hopefuls took a shuttle bus each morning at 6 a.m. to the Colts’ practice facilities and worked from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. He said he got some good feedback from coaches.
“They told me I was very athletic and had great hands,” said Allen. “They just encouraged me to get into the playbook and learn NFL play calling. That’s the biggest thing rookies hear.”
Allen said his agent in Charlotte will continue making phone calls, trying to line up tryout opportunities for the former Red Raider. He said he plans to attend the upcoming Canadian Football League rookie minicamp.
“I got a couple of buddies that went to the CFL,” said Allen. “I’ve been talking to them and some coaches…I just got to keep playing, got to stay on the field.”