Jimmy Allen
Born:(1952-03-06)March 6, 1952
Clearwater, Florida
Died:December 21, 2019(2019-12-21) (aged 67)
Career information
NFL draft1974 / Round: 4 / Pick 100
Career history
As player
1974–1977Pittsburgh Steelers
1978–1981Detroit Lions

James Allen (March 6, 1952 - December 21, 2019[1]) was a former American football player who was drafted in the 4th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1974 NFL Draft. A 1970 graduate of Los Angeles High School, Allen played college football at Pierce College and UCLA.[2] Allen was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in their celebrated 1974 draft. He played for the Steelers for four seasons, where he was a member of their Super Bowls IX & X teams. He was traded to the Detroit Lions in 1978. His nickname during his playing career was "Spiderman." He was the lead singer on the Lions' 1980 recording of Another One Bites the Dust. Briefly homeless at one time, Allen lived in southern California.[3] Allen was elected to the Pierce College Hall of Fame in 2012.[4]


  1. ^ Former Detroit Lions S Jimmy ‘Spiderman’ Allen dies
  2. ^ "L.A. High Sports Success!". UCLA. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  3. ^ John Bennett (2004). "Spiderman The Jimmy Allen Story" (PDF). The Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  4. ^ http://info.piercecollege.edu/departments/athletics/fame%202012.html