Allen Rossum was a standout cornerback and return man for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 1994-1997. In his four year career in South Bend, Rossum recorded 891 kickoff return yards (30.7 yards per return) , 427 punt return yards (15.8 yards per return) and 6 touchdowns (3 punt returns, 3 kickoff returns). As a cornerback for the Fighting Irish, Rossum had 144 total tackles, 2 sacks and 7 interceptions in his career and returned three of those for touchdowns.
Rossum set an NCAA record with nine touchdown returns from 1994-1997. Rossum had 6 return touchdowns (3 kickoff, 3 punt) and 3 interception returns.
Rossum was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and set the Eagles single season record for returns (54) and return yards (1,347 yards). He had an outstanding career in the NFL from 1998-2009 and was named to the 2004 Pro Bowl. He is the Atlanta Falcons All-Time Kickoff (5,489 yards) and Punt Return leader (1,723 yards). From 1998-2009, Rossum compiled 11,947 kickoff return yards (23.2 yards per return) and 3,056 punt return yards (10.0 yards per return). He has 8 combined touchdowns from returns (5 kickoff, 3 punt) and is the only player in NFL history to score a kickoff return for a touchdown with 5 different teams (Phi..GB, Atlanta, Pitt. and SF).
In 2005, while playing for the Falcons, Rossum broke the NFL Playoff Return Record (143 by Minnesota's Anthony Carter) with 152 return yards in the Falcons 47-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Rossum broke off a 68 yard touchdown return which helped break the game open.
Allen Rossum was also a shutdown cornerback who had 136 career tackles 2 sacks and 2 interceptions in his NFL career.
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