ISU Magazine

Volume 40 | Number 2 | Spring/Summer 2010

A view inside the Jared Allen Strength and Conditioning Center.

Photo by Frank Mercogliano

NFL All-Pro Jared Allen Strengthens Facilities

Spring 2010 Issue

NFL football great and Idaho State University alumnus Jared Allen has always been a supporter of his alma mater, and his recent donation of a renovated weight room for student-athletes will ensure that future generations will have the best opportunities available.

Allen contributed nearly $200,000 to renovate the weight room. The newly remodeled facility has been named The Jared Allen Strength and Conditioning Center at the Idaho Orthopaedic and Sports Clinic.

Jared Allen
Photo by ISU Photographic Services/Julie Hillebrant

Allen’s contribution includes the replacement of all the strength and conditioning equipment, all-new rubber flooring, and a new paint job. Allen’s framed jersey hangs in the Center.

Allen has contributed in the past, most notably with the purchase of ISU’s new football uniforms and the ISU football locker room renovation.

“It is a real pleasure to see students and alumni succeed in their life pursuits, and Jared has done very well,” said Arthur C. Vailas, president of Idaho State University. “It is many times more rewarding when our friends and alumni wish to give back and make a difference for those who follow them. We are incredibly grateful to Jared and thank him for his generosity.”

All of the previous equipment will be given to Gym Outfitters in Boise for credit which has been applied to new equipment for the Jared Allen Strength and Conditioning Center. As a player at ISU, Allen was twice named All-American, including consensus first team honors in 2003, a year in which he broke the Idaho State single season and career sack records, leading the nation in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles. He has since gone on to star in the National Football League, first with the Kansas City Chiefs, and for the last two years with the Minnesota Vikings.

The donation is the second-largest ever received by ISU athletics, behind only the donation of land in Driggs valued at more than $1 million by Sylvia Papenberg and her late husband Don which will go toward Miller Ranch Stadium (softball) and Papenfield Field, ISU’s outdoor practice field.