Longtime Houston sports director, an SFA grad, dies at 70

Longtime Houston sports director, an SFA grad, dies at 70

HOUSTON, TX (KTRE) - KTRK is reporting that Bob Allen, their longtime former sports director, has died at the age of 70 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Allen graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1971, according to SFA records.

Allen spent 38 years at KTRK, and he ended his career with ABC 13 in Houston in January of 2013. The KTRK story states that he spent the rest of his television career with KHOU.

A Houston native, Allen visited the ABC13 studios as a child. After he started his career in radio, he moved over to TV in 1974. He started as KTRK's weekend sports anchor, and he became the station's sports director the next year.

During his time as KTRK's sports director, Allen covered the glory days of the Houston Oilers when Earl Campbell was playing for them.

"From the glory days of the Luv Ya Blue Houston Oilers-Earl Campbell era, to some low points when Bum Phillips was sacked, Bob was there,' The KTRK states. "To the Astros and Nolan Ryan, the games, the highlights; and he was there as the Rockets became world champions - twice."

The KTRK story stated that Allen also interviewed sports legends like heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali, Coach Darryl Royal, and Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt.

According to the KTRK story, Allen had a softer side.

"Bob was devoted to the Special Olympics and the Sunshine Kids," the KTRK story stated. "Each winter, he would take time off and take a photographer along on their annual ski trip for young cancer patients. Bob loved sports, but he loved kids who are confronting challenges even more."
Allen announced that he had a form of T-cell lymphoma in the summer of 2015.

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