Former KHOU 11 Sports Director Bob Allen has passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.
Many Houstonians grew up watching Allen over the last 40-plus years during his time at both KHOU and KTRK.
Here's the reaction from the sports world to the news of his passing:
From his colleagues:
It's with a heavy heart that I wake up this morning. My friend & colleague Bob Allen has passed away. A legend, but good man to the end. RIP pic.twitter.com/JOukZyihuj— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) October 20, 2016
My thoughts on a Houston icon and friend, Bob Allen. RIP, buddy. pic.twitter.com/dv3mZ7401z— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) October 20, 2016
I've mentioned, the moment I felt like a real media member was when Bob Allen told me he read my @HoustonPress stuff every day. I'm sad, man— Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) October 20, 2016
Bob Allen was the dean of Houston sportscasters, a terrific guy who treated everyone well. He'll be missed by many. RIP, Bob.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 20, 2016
Proof that the great Bob Allen transcended generations … he is trending nationally right now on Twitter. #RIPBobAllen— Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) October 20, 2016
My mentor, my friend, my brother. https://t.co/cCjN0XxfAQ— David Nuño (@DavidNunoABC13) October 20, 2016
October 20, 2016
Our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts are with the family of Bob Allen.
God Bless Bob Allen and his family. He was a wonderful friend to the Texans and one of the all time great broadcasters in Houston history.— Marc Vandermeer (@TexansVoice) October 20, 2016
My brother from another mother, Bob Allen has gone to the Great Press Box In Heaven, lost his courageous fight with cancer last night. RIP— barry warner (@bearwarner) October 20, 2016
Saddened by passing of my friend Bob Allen. He was a legend in Houston sports and man of great character --We will miss him— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) October 20, 2016
Houston legend Bob Allen's passed away. What a wonderful & delightful man. Glad I got to sit with him one last time a couple of weeks ago.— Kevin Cooper (@kevincooper44) October 20, 2016
During his long, illustrious career, Bob was a constant and a familiar face to generations of Houston sports fans.— Houston Astros (@astros) October 20, 2016
Sad to hear one of Houston's greatest sportscasters lost his battle to cancer today.Thank you for all you taught me. You'll be missed.— HTC_Ashley R (@HTC_AshleyR) October 20, 2016
Saddened to hear about Bob Allen's passing. Bob was a Houston media icon and all around great guy. #RIPBob— Eric Winston (@ericwinston) October 20, 2016
Sorry to lose a great man; Incredible legacy in Houston. Rest in peace, Bob Allen https://t.co/LWsHCi097g— Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) October 20, 2016
Rest in peace, Bob Allen.— Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) October 20, 2016
He lived a full & fruitful life, and impacted countless more.
On the VERY 1st day we were introduced to the world...
Mr. Bob Allen was the man that brought us into millions of homes.
R.I.P Legend 🙏 pic.twitter.com/xKhMDMu8zi— Texans Cheerleaders (@TexansCheer) October 20, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends Bob Allen. He was a Houston broadcasting legend and he will be missed. pic.twitter.com/Gm6UNv27io— Texans PR (@TexansPR) October 20, 2016
Astros manager Hal Lanier interviewed by KTRK's Bob Allen during celebrations after 'Stros clinched NL Western Division Sept. 25, 1986. pic.twitter.com/FiKrsZyJza— Craig Hlavaty (@CraigHlavaty) October 20, 2016
Sad to hear of death of Bob Allen. Grew up watching,met him at Oilers practice at 8 yrs old,Interned for him as a UT student. Wonderful man— Stephanie Druley (@StephDru) October 20, 2016
Houston lost a legend today.
The Dynamo and Dash are thankful to have known Bob Allen and he will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/pwaEdAOkum— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) October 20, 2016
Our thoughts go out to the family of legendary Houston sportscaster & avid football fan Bob Allen. He will be dearly missed. RIP Bob— AdvoCareTexasKickoff (@TexasKickoff) October 20, 2016
Our thoughts go out to the family of legendary Houston sportscaster & @SFA_Football supporter Bob Allen. He will be dearly missed. RIP Bob— BattleofPineyWoods (@BOTPW) October 20, 2016
Like many of you, I grew up watching Bob Allen. Never imagined I'd later to get know him. He always treated me with respect & will be missed— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) October 20, 2016
One of the best in the business and a true Lumberjack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bob Allen today. https://t.co/03NzK8OMZM— Korbin Pate (@korbinpate) October 20, 2016
I didn't know Bob Allen, but I have always known what a legend he was as a sportscaster in HOU, He's influenced so many and will be missed— Alex Del Barrio (@alexdelbarrio) October 20, 2016
Absolutely shocked and saddened at this news. Bob Allen was a true professional journalist in a business that has recently sold its soul.— TexasPrepBaseball (@H5AB) October 20, 2016
RIP Bob Allen. Early in his career, he hosted "The Al Conover Show" & covered many memorable moments at Rice over the 4 decades. pic.twitter.com/gW030Ficte— #FearTheTalons (@RiceAthletics) October 20, 2016
This was one of his last Rice-related pieces. https://t.co/ZC29z658mv— Rice Football (@RiceFootball) October 20, 2016
Very sad to hear about the passing of Bob Allen. Life is precious, but boy did he become a sports broadcasting legend in Houston. RIP🙏— Laura Sadler (@LauraSadler2) October 20, 2016