Jared Allen, of the Minnesota Vikings, has already scored two safeties this season by tackling players in their own end zones. The safety is a rare thing for a player to be responsible for as it doesn’t happen all the time. In fact, the last time a player scored two in one season was 1993 when Rod Stephens of the Seattle Seahawks achieved that mark. That was a unique part of the history of the safety, as it is the only time there were three consecutive seasons with one player being responsible for two safeties. In 1992 it was Burt Grossman of the San Diego Chargers and in 1991 it was Brian Jordan of the Atlanta Falcons that accomplished the feat.
The first player to record two safeties in one season was Tom Nash of the Green Bay Packers in 1932, This was accomplished again in 1942 by Willie Wilkin of the Washington Redskins. It wouldn’t happen again until twenty years later when Roger Brown of the Detroit Lions accomplished it in 1962. In 1964, Ron McDole of the Buffalo Bills became the next player to record two safeties in one season, he would also be the only player from the American Football League to do this.
In 1971, Hall of Famer Alan Page would join the club when he recorded two safeties while playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Two years later there was a first in the NFL, in one season two different players recorded two safeties to tie for the league lead. This was accomplished by Benny Barnes of the Dallas Cowboys and Fred Dryer of the Los Angeles Rams. It would occur again in 1977 when Jim Young of the Houston Oilers did it, and then Doug English of the Lions and Don Blackmon of the New England Patriots would accomplish this feat in 1983 and 1985, respectively. Tim Harris of the Packers would add his name to the list in 1988, and no one would do it again until the three consecutive years that we mentioned earlier.
Recording two safeties in one season doesn’t happen very often at all, it not only requires that a player be good enough to get the penetration into the backfield, but also be lucky enough to be in a situation where the opposing team is pinned back near their goal line.