Things We Love: Will Allen edition

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Will Allen’s perhaps best remembered by OSU football fans for intercepting Michigan quarterback John Navarre in 2002 to seal a 14-9 win. That victory pushed the Buckeyes into the national championship game, which, you know, they won. Allen’s now back with the Pittsburgh Steelers after being cut earlier this year from the Dallas Cowboys.


I love the fall and the leaves changing. Being back in the Midwest you get that nostalgic feeling of playing backyard football, those Friday night [high school football] games. I didn’t get that in Texas [when I played for the Dallas Cowboys]. It was hot all the time.

TheIndustrial Revolution

I love all types of history — how things were made, how civilizations began, how different leaders and inventors were catalysts of their time. It really intrigues me and triggers something in me. But I really enjoy learning about the Industrial Revolution because I think it changed the world — not only America but the world — and how we look at big business and entrepreneurship. During that time — the late 1800s — there was great immigration, people coming to America. The West wasn’t really expanded yet and people were coming from nothing and creating the American dream. That energized the world, and it’s amazing to see.

My close friends and family

I love being around them. I haven’t had a lot of time to spend with them because of football, so having those experiences, building those memories [is] very precious to me. It’s something you can’t replace.


I love Jesus. I love the relationship, reading about the Lord, getting a better understanding of who I am and how my relationship with him allows me to impact other people through the sport of football and other life experiences I may have. It’s been a journey, a good faith walk and it’s still going. What I learned is football isn’t everything. It’s what I do; it’s not who I am.

Oral-B Triumph electric toothbrush

I love technology. I love Apple products and Beats by Dre products. [But] my favorite piece of technology, I’d have to say, is an electric toothbrush. You don’t have to use much arm work; your wrist doesn’t get tired. It’s perfect. It cleans your teeth better than a regular tooth brush. It’s very efficient and gets the job done. It better; it’s like a $200 freakin’ toothbrush.

Will Allen

Pittsburgh Steelers safety

Former OSU Buckeye football player