The Allen File
Team: Buffalo Bills
Hand size: 10 and one-eighth inches
Draft: 7th overall pick, 2018
Contract: Signed a six-year, $258-million extension, 2021
WAG: Brittany Williams, girlfriend
- One Second-Team All-Pro selection, 2020
- Two Pro Bowl selections, 2020, 2022
- One Second-Team All-MWC selection, 2016
- Holds the record for highest passer rating in a single postseason (149.0), 2021
Josh Allen Did What?!
The feat so was so utterly mind boggling, that if it hadn’t been witnessed, if cameras hadn’t recorded “The Throw,” then most wouldn’t believe it happened.
There he was, kneeling at the 50-yard line and throwing a football than hit the crossbar, 60 yards away. It was no fluke. Allen threw a 77-yard bomb at the NFL Combine. It’s a neat show of arm strength but, as we have learned, there is so much more to Allen’s game than just a canon of an arm.
The fifth-year QB has already thrown for 18,397 yards and run for 3,087. Allen has firmly established himself as one of the game’s elite quarterbacks and become one of the biggest stars in Western, New York joining Gil Perreault, Jim Kelly, and Bob Lanier.
And he’s just 26 (at time of writing).
No one saw this stardom coming. He had no college offers coming out of Firebaugh (Ca.) High School despite throwing for more than 5,000 yards and 59 touchdowns. He enrolled in Reedley Junior College where attracted interest from Eastern Michigan and Wyoming. At Wyoming word began to spread about the strong-armed QB who grew up on his family’s cotton farm.
Allen was the third quarterback taken in the 2018 NFL Draft behind No.1 overall pick Baker Mayfield and No.3 pick Sam Darnold. Mayfield is on his third team. Darnold is on his second. Allen could run for mayor of Buffalo and win in a landslide without a day of campaigning.
His larger than life exploits are just beginning although the 2023 season served as a bit of a reality check. Allen through 14 picks, tied for second most. There was a three-game stretch in which he tossed six picks. It's part of his mentality. His arm is so strong he believes he can throw it through a wall and a receiver will catch it.
With his talent, they might