Henrietta “Etty” Allen died on Jan. 2 at age 89. The mother to former Virginia Gov. George F. Allen and wife to onetime Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins coach George H. Allen was reportedly fighting a long illness but died of natural causes, her family says in a statement.
Football is something that ran in the Allen family. Etty met her husband when he was head coach at Morningside College, and then stood by him as he went on to head winning NFL teams. George H. died in 1990. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Their son, Bruce Allen, now acts as the Redskins’ general manager. Their other son, George Allen, is a sports psychologist. Daughter Jennifer Allen is a correspondent for the NFL network and also wrote a book about her father called “Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach’s Daughter.”
Etty is survived by her four children. They are holding a private funeral in California on Jan. 8.