Thursday, November 14, 2013
Jared Allen, on Taylor Swift concerts
By Ben Goessling
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- It's always a little hard to predict what will come out of Jared Allen's news conference each Thursday. But even by the Minnesota Vikings defensive end's standards, his latest media session was fairly colorful.
When discussing his relationship with Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who held the same job for the Vikings in 2006-10, Allen reminisced about the two concerts he attended with Bevell: Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift.
The first one makes sense. The second one? Allen saw quickly it wasn't going to be his scene.
"I thought I was at like a Hannah Montana concert for a while. Like, what is going on here?" Allen said. "My wife and I were like, 'Do you think we need to leave?' There was like spirit fingers and choreographed dances. I was in the wrong place."
Allen said he got tickets for himself, his wife, Bevell and the coordinator's kids through a band's road manager he knew. He liked Swift's music when she debuted, he said, but the concert scene wasn't his style.
"I was assuming it was going to be a normal concert," Allen said. "It was like a 'tween concert. I’m like, 'What is going on?'"
If you've made it this far, we'll reward you with some actual football conversation.
Allen is set to hit free agency after the season, and he is becoming more aware of the possibility his time with the Vikings could be coming to an end. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams also is set to hit the open market, which could end a partnership that has highlighted one of the NFL's best defensive lines since Allen came to Minnesota in 2008.
"He’s a guy that I look up to, in personal life and the way he conducts himself from being a father to a husband to just his overall morals and values," Allen said. "Sometimes you meet somebody and everything kind of aligns with how you want to live your life, and that’s what Kevin is. I think he’s a rock in this locker room. He’s a model of consistency year in and year out. He has his opinions and a lot of times he doesn’t voice them until it gets to a point that it needs to be voiced. And quietly hilarious. He’s one of the funniest dudes in the locker room.
"So to me, it’s everything. Not knowing if we were going to be together next year is something that weighs on your mind. It’s going to be different if big [No.] 93 isn’t next to me. I’ve got all the respect in the world for him. I love him like a brother."