FRIDAY CONVERSATION WITH JERRY ALLEN – “I’ve told my wife, I’ve told my kids, I’ve told some key people in the department, when you hear me starting to make mistakes, get the hook and pull me out of there”
Oregon Duck fans have known him for more than three decades.
His name is truly synonymous with Oregon sports.
In his thirty three years in the broadcast booth, Jerry Allen has called some of the most iconic moments in Oregon football and basketball history.
And while Allen is in his third decade, there’s certainly no signs of him slowing down and calling it a career.
In fact, Allen is as good today as he’s ever been.
Allen began his career at Oregon in 1987 after leaving a long lasting impression on then athletic director Bill Byrne.
After filling in for a few basketball games in 1985, Byrne felt Allen was the perfect fit to sit behind the mic if the need were ever to occur.
Two years later that need came to fruition when then play by play voice Hal Ramey left the position.
“He had a great knowledge of Oregon sports,” Byrne was quoted as saying in an interview with the Fighting Ducks Review.
“And I liked his enthusiasm. It was infectious.”
And while it was the perfect job for Allen, it wasn’t a position that had a tremendous amount of longevity. In his first several years in the broadcast booth, Allen wasn’t always confident he’d be in Eugene for the long term.
But in those early years, fans were drawn to Allen.
His passion, and his knowledge drew them in and soon he became a fan and community favorite.
His ability to paint a picture can be measured with some of the best in the business.
“It’s like you have this friend at the game sitting beside you and they’re blind,” Allen said.
“They can hear the noise and the cheering but they can’t see, so I try to explain to them as simply as I can exactly what’s going on and with genuine excitement.”
In this weeks edition of ‘Friday Conversation’, and on the eve of the 123rd Civil War, we sat down with Allen to talk about his time here at Oregon, his favorite moments, his mentors and his thoughts about this seasons football team and what makes Mario Cristobal the right coach for the job.
FRIDAY CONVERSATION WITH JERRY ALLEN