There is a lot to learn about the Patriots newest players on the field and off of it before training camp begins. Luckily for Patriots Nation, the team's newest tight end has made it easy for us to get to know him.
Dwayne Allen is a natural in front of the camera and has been asked to conduct interviews at major events for the NFL Network. This on-air presence led to his very own show during the 2015-16 season.
While he was with the Colts, he hosted "The Dwayne Allen Show" every week in front of a live audience, and it was TV gold. Every episode, Dwayne would analyze the week's game alongside Fox 59's Chris Hagan and the Indy Star's Gregg Doyel, interview his teammates and play ridiculous games, like Scene It and "The Whisper Game," where he and a teammate would take turns wearinng headphones and lip reading to figure out the mystery word.
"The Dwayne Allen Show" offered plenty of fun facts about the host, and Lifestyle went back and watched a few episodes to get to know Dwayne before the season begins.
1. Dwayne's first love
Before football, there was basketball. Dwayne didn't get into football until high school, and basketball was the main sport until then. "Basketball was bae," Dwayne admitted in one episode. Though he no longer plays, Dwayne watches basketball regularly and was even a season ticket holder for the Butler Bulldogs in Indianapolis.
2. He's an expert chef
"My mom taught me how to cook a little," he said. "I knew how to boil Ramen noodles -- in the microwave too. Not many people know how to do that. I'm pretty good at making cereal. Chex, Captain Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my favorite."
Ok, so maybe not.
3. He is an advocate for ending domestic violence
Dwayne partnered with Verizon for HopeLine, a program that accepts donated cell phones and devices. These donations were then given to Coburn Place Safe Haven, a transitional housing facility for victims of partner violence. You can read more about Dwayne's background and work to end domestic violence here.
4. On role models
"My role model growing up was my head football coach, who is now kind of like my dad. He was the one who taught me humility and taught me how to really control my anger ... Before him, I didn't have a role model growing up, so I know how important a role model can be," he said during one interview. "I try and be that role model for those who look up to professional athletes."
5. He doesn't skimp when it comes to Halloween candy
When it comes to handing out candy on Halloween, Dwayne's house is the place to be. He said he gives out the full sized candy bars, which surely made the day of any trick-or-treaters coming through. "[You] have to do it," Dwayne said.
5a. He loves a New England based Halloween movie
To get into the spooky spirit, Dwayne said his go to Halloween movie is a classic: "Hocus Pocus." The Halloween staple, of course, takes place in Salem, Mass., when the Sanderson sisters rise from the dead to cause chaos. Soon, Dwayne will be a short drive away from being able to explore Salem on his own.
6. Not so superstitious
When it comes to pregame rituals or superstitions, Dwayne is no nonsense. "I believe that hard work and preparation are the things that get the W on Sundays, not a lucky sock or a horseshoe."
With a mindset like that, Dwayne will fit right in.