Ex-OSU star Allen sees Gresham job as life-changer

James Allen prepped at Jefferson High and then became a star at Oregon State (above) and a player in the NFL.

It took former Oregon State linebacker James Allen a while to find his niche after his four-year NFL career with the New Orleans Saints ended in 2005.

"I wasn't prepared for life after the NFL," said Allen, a 1997 Jefferson graduate who is a member of the PIL Hall of Fame. "Like most NFL athletes, most young guys, I thought my career was going to be longer than it was."