MINNEAPOLIS — Through all the bad times of switching positions, losing his job and being labeled a first-round bust over the first four years of his career, Dolphins cornerback Jason Allen continually turned to the advice of his parents.
“Work hard, and it will always pay off,” Allen said after Sunday’s 14-10 win at Minnesota. “So I’ve just been working hard, busting my butt every day at practice, continue to get better.”
That attitude paid off in training camp, when Allen wrested a starting job away from Sean Smith. And it paid off again Sunday when Allen, who has started just 14 games in four-plus NFL seasons, had by far the best game of his career.
He finished with a career-high 11 total tackles, second-most on the team, batted away three passes and intercepted Brett Favre twice in the second half, including once in the end zone when Favre “threw the ball right to me,” Allen said.
The interceptions were sweet for Allen, who last week at Buffalo dropped a seemingly certain interception that probably would have resulted in a touchdown.
“He came a long way, man,” fellow cornerback Vontae Davis said of Allen, who was a first-round draft pick in 2006.
Allen wasn’t the only defensive back to have a big game.
Yeremiah Bell led the Dolphins with 12 tackles, and Davis was fourth with six. Davis also had a key interception in the second quarter, grasping at a deflected pass several times before it finally landed in his chest on the Dolphins’ 1-yard line.
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