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Olympic Teammate Says Devon Allen Should Put Football First

“For Devon’s sake, I believe he should go the other route.”

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Devon Allen had quite at run at his first Olympics, finishing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at the age of 21.

While the Oregon Ducks receiver says he plans to continue focusing on both football and track, his Olympic teammate Ronnie Ash, who finished last and was disqualified from the event, says he should focus on football.

“For Devon’s sake, I believe he should go the other route,” Ash told the Washington Post. “When you stay in track, unfortunately, you’re not going to make much money.”

However, Allen says doing both has “worked out very well” so far and he intends to continue doing both for now.

“For me, it’s not about the money,” Allen said in the same Post story. “Being kind of selfish, I think I’m really charismatic, and I think that goes a long way.”

Allen had 50 catches for 778 yards and seven touchdowns during his first two seasons with Oregon’s football team. He can remain an amateur in football while going pro in track so long as he doesn’t sign an endorsement deal.