On Saturday, Jones will introduce Larry Allen.
“He’s like a father figure to me,” Allen said. “If I had a problem I couldn’t solve on my own, he would help me and say, ‘Let’s see what we can do about this.’”
Jones and Allen were able to speak for a little bit Friday afternoon before attending the gold jacket ceremony.
“Seemed like every day at practice, he’d be there over the 12 years I was there,” Allen said. “Anytime you could just go up and talk to him.”
Allen said he spoke with Smith, the man he helped become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, about what to expect during Hall of Fame weekend.
“He said, ‘Get ready,’ and he said I have to talk for 10 minutes,” Allen joked.
Allen, who is not a man of many words, has practiced his speech for the last three weeks. And it will be close to that 10-minute mark.
“I’m going to go longer than two minutes,” Allen said.
Allen said he hopes to get to Cowboys training camp next week in Oxnard, Calif., to see the offensive line. Considering the state of the interior of the line, can he still play?
“Yeah, if I had to, I could get out there,” Allen said.
“No, I’m done,” he said.