Josh Allen Goes From Zero Scholarship Offers to NFL Starter
The Buffalo Bills will start rookie QB Josh Allen in Sunday's Week 2 matchup with the Chargers. If you don't know his story, you're about to be a fan.
Allen grew up in Firebaugh, California (population 7,000), just 40 miles east of Fresno. He's the son of a farmer and a small town guy with a personality to match. A lifelong Bulldog fan, he dreamed of playing for Fresno State, and he was good enough to do it. The problem? He was small. Real small.
Allen entered high school at 5-foot-10 and 130 pounds, and didn't get much bigger by the time he graduated. He threw for over 5,000 yards, 63 touchdowns, and accrued a passer rating of 112.7 in his high school career, but he was overlooked by Fresno State -- and everybody else for that matter. He had zero scholarship offers when he graduated. Zero.
He joined the junior college ranks for a season -- and caught a massive growth spurt -- before garnering the attention of Wyoming, the only school that wanted him. Allen (now 6-foot-5) was named the starter for Wyoming's second game (sound familiar?). The story doesn't end there...
Just 23 plays into his first game, Allen took a shot to the neck and broke his collarbone, ending his year.
When he returned for his sophomore season -- what he called his "revenge tour" -- Allen was focused on making other colleges regret passing on him. He did just that, throwing for 3,200 yards and 28 touchdowns while scoring seven with his legs. He was drafted 7th overall in April's draft by Buffalo.
It's Bills vs. Chargers on Sunday, but the Californians in Firebaugh will be wearing that darker shade of blue.