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Bruce Allen
President

“Bruce Allen is the personification of an NFL winner. Our fans know his heritage; we know his abilities. He is the right person to lead our club.” – Redskins owner Dan Snyder

Bruce Allen has come full circle. More than 30 years have passed since Allen resided in the Washington, D.C., region and was a ball boy for his father, George Allen, the late Hall of Fame head coach who led the “Over the Hill Gang” Washington Redskins to an NFC Championship in 1972 and an appearance in Super Bowl VII.

Allen joined the Redskins as the team’s Executive Vice President/General Manager on Dec. 17, 2009, after a decorated career spanning more three decades as a general manager and executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders and a successful run in the USFL with the Chicago Blitz and the Arizona Wranglers.

“Bruce Allen is the personification of an NFL winner. Our fans know his heritage; we know his abilities. He is the right person to lead our club.” – Redskins owner Dan Snyder

Bruce Allen has come full circle. More than 30 years have passed since Allen resided in the Washington, D.C., region and was a ball boy for his father, George Allen, the late Hall of Fame head coach who led the “Over the Hill Gang” Washington Redskins to an NFC Championship in 1972 and an appearance in Super Bowl VII.

Allen joined the Redskins as the team’s Executive Vice President/General Manager on December 17, 2009, after a decorated career spanning more than three decades, including serving as a general manager and executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders as well as recording a successful run in the USFL with the Chicago Blitz and the Arizona Wranglers.

“It’s exciting because of the history, the tradition, the comfort about coming home,” Allen said in 2009. “Everybody who knows me, knows that the principles of football in my mind are simple – it’s a team. It’s 53 men, the entire staff, everybody in the building going in the same direction for one common goal, and that’s to win.”

During Allen's tenure, the Redskins' focus and impact has far exceeded the mere scope of the playing field. In August 2011, Allen assumed the role of President of the Board of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and has tirelessly worked hand-in-hand with the foundation to positively impact the lives of youth in the Washington, D.C. community. The foundation focuses on the areas of education, community outreach, and health and wellness, and since its inception, Charitable Foundation programs have made an impact on millions of lives and given back nearly $20 million to individuals, groups and organizations in the community.

Allen annually participates in many of the Foundation’s signature events, including the Redskins Alumni Golf Classic, where he serves as Chairman, the Redskins Easter Egg Hunt, Fields for Tomorrow field dedications, the Mickey Steele Memorial Golf Outing and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Golf tournament, among others. In early 2016, Allen and the organization accepted the inaugural Legacy Award from the Loudoun School-Business Partnership Executive Council for the team's exemplary work in going "above and beyond" for Loudoun County Students. Allen's philanthropic support also extends to efforts with Doug Williams’ Washington Football Legends for Charity and Joe Gibbs’ Youth For Tomorrow.

On the field, Allen's squads have earned seven division championships, with Washington marking the third different franchise (Oakland, Tampa Bay and Washington) he had helped lead to a division crown in that timeframe. Since 2000, only Allen and Rich McKay have guided multiple franchises to division titles as General Manager.

Allen has previously played a key role in identifying Jay Gruden as the 29th head coach in franchise history, citing Gruden’s passion for the game and passion for the Washington Redskins upon his hire in January 2014.

In May 2014, during an offseason in which Allen helped guide the franchise through a coaching transition and provided public leadership for the organization, the Redskins formally announced Allen as the team’s President. In January 2015, Allen hired Scot McCloughan to serve as the Redskins’ General Manager.

“So what we found is the guy that – I really come back to one of the greatest quotes I know in sports or life that former Washington Redskins coach Marv Levy, who is in the Hall of Fame, who said, ‘Where would you rather be than right here, right now?’” Allen said.

Aside from his management of the Redskins' football operations and his dedication to the Redskins' charitable efforts, Allen has led initiatives to extend the Redskins’ outreach to their former players and engage the team's vast alumni network.

“We owe them a great debt of gratitude for their accomplishments for building this game," Allen said. "Not just the three Super Bowl trophies, but the way they have represented themselves in the burgundy and gold.”

Last fall, Allen and the Redskins welcomed back Redskins Alumni for the team’s annual Alumni Homecoming Weekend during the team’s Week 7 comeback win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Players in attendance represented nearly 600 combined seasons of Redskins service, 98 combined Super Bowl appearances, 59 combined Super Bowl titles, 26 members of the 80 Greatest Redskins, 17 Redskins Ring of Famers and five Pro Football Hall of Famers. In addition, as announced by Allen at the 2015 Welcome Home Luncheon, the Redskins used their 2015 Alumni Homecoming celebration to induct Jeff Bostic as the 47th member of the team’s Ring of Fame before inducting Monte Coleman as the 48th member in December.

In addition to his ongoing connection with Redskins alumni and charitable efforts, Allen is actively involved in fan outreach. He has taken the time to personally connect with Redskins fans all over the world via one-on-one meetings, Redskins Rally events, fan forums, phone calls and e-mails to foster and strengthen the organization’s relationship with its fans.

Allen and his wife, Kiersten, have a son, George, and a daughter, Mikayla. Kiersten serves on the Moffitt Cancer Foundation Board of Directors, where she and Bruce have worked to aid in the Foundation’s mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

Allen was drafted by the Baltimore Colts as a 12th-round selection in 1978 out of the University of Richmond. He played for the Spiders from 1974-77, earning All-ECAC and All-South Independent honors in his junior season, when he ranked 16th in the nation and broke a school punting record with a 42.9-yard average. He earned his degree in business marketing, and in February 2016, he was honored with induction into the University of Richmond's Athletics Hall of Fame.

Allen’s late father George, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, was Head Coach of the Redskins from 1971-77. He amassed a 67-30-1 record and an appearance in Super Bowl VII in seven seasons in Washington. George never had a losing campaign in 12 seasons as an NFL head coach including his seven years at the helm of the Redskins.

Like his father, who developed the original Redskins Park, Bruce helped spearhead the effort for facility improvements to provide the Redskins a state-of-the art team headquarters equipped with every necessary amenity and competitive advantage to support the football operation. Allen also played a key role in the team moving its annual training camp to Richmond, Va., beginning in 2013 at the world-class Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

Bruce’s brother George served as Virginia governor and as a U.S. Senator from Virginia. He also has two other siblings, Greg, a psychologist specializing in family counseling and Founder of Freedom4U in Southern California, and Jennifer Allen Richard, an author and contributor to the NFL Network.