The President today announced the appointment of George Allen as a member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, vice Alfred J. McGuire, resigned. The President also intends to appoint Mr. Allen Chairman.
Mr. Allen began his sports career as head football coach for Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and Whittier College in California, then becoming the defensive coach for the Chicago Bears. He was the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams until 1971 when he become head coach, vice president, and general manager of the Washington Redskins. He is currently a football commentator and analyst with CBS Sports.
Mr. Allen has been actively involved in civic affairs. He served as the national chairman of the National Alliance of Business' Summer Job Program and in 1974 was the recipient of the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Award. In 1978 he received the Award for Patriotism from the American Law Enforcement Officers Association. He is the recipient of three Presidential commendations.
Mr. Allen graduated from the University of Michigan (B.A., 1947; M.A., 1948). Mr. Allen and his wife, Etty, have been married 28 years. They have four children and reside in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. He was born April 29, 1922, in Detroit, Mich.