Vikings legend Jared Allen helps Olympic hopefuls pull off a gigantic upset

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Jared Allen
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Jared Allen /

During Sunday’s USA Curling National Championships, former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen helped his team pull off a giant upset.

Measuring in at 6-foot-6 and weighing more than 250 pounds, former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen didn’t exactly blend in with all of the other competitors during the opening round of the 2023 USA Curling National Championships this past weekend in Denver, Colorado.

Allen, who retired from the NFL in 2016, has continued to work towards his goal of competing in the Olympics one day, and on Sunday, his progression in the sport of curling took a massive step forward.

Former Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen helps team pull off a huge upset during the USA Curling National Championships

Allen’s team, which includes 2010 Olympian Jason Smith, surprisingly came out on top in their matchup on Sunday against a highly-ranked curling squad that featured Olympic gold medalist, John Schuster.

It’s a huge accomplishment for the former Minnesota pass rusher, who is hoping his team is able to be one of the four teams to advance to the next round of the national championship following this week’s round-robin competition against seven other teams.

The next round of the tournament will take place on Friday, a national champion will be crowned on Saturday, and that team will represent the United States at the 2023 World Men’s Curling Championship in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in April.

Will Allen and the rest of his teammates continue to pull off more upsets this week to potentially represent the US in April? It certainly seems like the chances of this happening are much higher after what Allen’s team was able to do on Sunday in Denver.

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