All-Pro Allen Jones Back for 2023
The Erie Express are happy to announce the return of ATH-Allen Jones (Mercyhurst University) for the 2023 season. Allen begins his seventh season with the Express and will see action in all phases of the game.
Allen played a major role in our 2022 USA Bowl Summer Division National Championship and 2021 GDFL National Championship season. This January we have been blessed to be invited to defend that title against another champion, the Minneapolis Warriors in Daytona Beach, FL. That would not have been possible without Allen's help.
Allen has been with us here or there over the past few seasons due to his work schedule but he is on board 100% this season and we expect him to be the Allen of old when it comes to productivity.
In his last full season with the Express (2018) from his running back position, Allen led us to the GDFL Xtreme Conference Championship game and a 9-1 overall record. For the season Allen had 109 carries for 784yds and 6TDs. Jones added another 61yards on 7 catches. Jones was named GDFL All-Pro for the 2018 season.
In 2017 Jones led the Express on the ground once again with 801 yards on 121 carries and 7 touchdowns. Allen also contributed on special teams with 6 kickoff returns for 203 yards and a TD. Playing in only 4 league games (3 forfeits and 1 personal) Jones finished second in the PAFL by a mere 57 yards.
Allen had led the PAFL in rushing the previous two seasons. Allen holds the Express all time rushing record with 3900 yards and 32 touchdowns. Jones holds Express records for most yards in a game, season and career as well as touchdowns in a game, season and career as well as longest run from scrimmage (95yds and longest kickoff return 98yds). Allen is a 4x All-Pro selection (3x PAFL) (1x GDFL)
Allen has twice been selected to the Semi Pro Elite top 25 at the running back position. Jones was also selected as Express "Running Back of the Year" for the third season in a row by his teammates and coaches.
In addition to his contributions on offense, Jones made an impact on defense as well recording 24 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and a pass break up.
Jones teamed up with former PAFL Rival the WPA Wildcatz as they took on the Monroe County Sting in one of the multiple National Championship games played in January. Jones ran for over 100 yards and scored the go ahead touchdown to seal the victory (14-6) for the Wildcatz.
Jones played three seasons at Mercyhurst University where he finished fifth all time in career yards (2,137). Jones was named All-PSAC in back to back seasons (12,13). His senior season Allen finished with 1,010 all purpose yards (155 carries for 993 yards 7 TDs. He also caught 5 passes for 17 yards. Allen finished his career as the all time leader in yards per carry with 6.4. Prior to Mercyhurst Jones played one season at Youngstown State University.
Jones played football and participated in track and field at Ursuline High School (Youngstown, Ohio) and holds the single-season and career rushing and touchdown records. Ursuline made three playoff appearances and won back-to-back state titles while Allen was there. Jones ran for 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns in one season.
"We love everything about this guy. His attitude, ability and willingness to help those around him reach their full potential is second to none. Allen has been a large reason for our teams success over the years and we are happy to have him back on board full time. We are blessed to have him back again and look forward to seeing him in action in 2023."-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.
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We are happy to have you back on board the PAINTRAIN Allen! GO EXPRESS!