When the Eagles drafted defensive tackle Beau Allen from Wisconsin this past May, little did we know we selected an all-star tweeter as well as a 6-foot-2, 333-pound Badgers Football record-setter. The hilarious rookie with soft spots for Pokémon and gummy worms is preparing to tackle something scarier than NFL offensive linemen this afternoon ... YOUR questions. Get to know Beau before he takes over the Philadelphia Eagles' Reddit account today after practice for our first-ever r/eagles Ask Me Anything.
After setting a school record for playing in every single game in his college career, 54 matchups in all, Beau is not the only member of the Allen clan to achieve Badger greatness. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Fred T. Westphal, a six-time All-American swimmer, and uncle John Westphal, a two-year letterwinner for Badgers Football.
While football is the main focus on his NFL journey, Allen developed versatility in high school as a four-sport student, participating in football, hockey, track and field and winning a state championship in lacrosse. And like any good Minnesotan, Allen's first love is for the great outdoors.
Unless it's allergy season.
Feed The Beast
Already feelin the love from Philly, someone get me a cheese steak! — Beau Allen (@Beau_Allen) May 10, 2014
Listed at 333 pounds, it takes a lot of delicious food to build that muscle mass. Allen started early, thanks to his first job at Detello's, a pizza and pasta restaurant in Minnesota.
"It's a mom-and-pop shop that we went to all the time growing up, so I worked there after my freshman year. There was a deal where you could make a meal for yourself the night you worked, so that summer, I probably gained 30 pounds and got above 300. I love that place. Every time I go home, I go back there."
When writing a list of the best-dressed Eagles, Allen may not be an obvious choice, but with style like this, it's tough to list him anywhere but No. 1.
But Enough Of The Twitter Nonsense ...
... Reddit is where it's at. Head over to r/eagles after today's practice and prepare to truly ask him anything because knowing Beau, he WILL answer.