Josh Allen

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Josh Allen
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Allen in 2021
No. 17 – Buffalo Bills
Personal information
Born: (1996-05-21) May 21, 1996 (age 26)
Firebaugh, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Firebaugh
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Passing yards:14,414
Passer rating:91.0
Rushing yards:2,325
Rushing touchdowns:31
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Joshua Patrick Allen (born May 21, 1996)[1] is an American football player. He is currently the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). Allen played college football at Wyoming after transferring there from Reedley College, a community college in California, where he grew up. After playing well at Wyoming, he was selected by the Bills in the NFL Draft and has since broken many records for the team in addition to leading them to the playoffs three times. He is known for his very strong arm while throwing the football and ability to run with the ball.

Early life and junior college years[change | change source]

Allen grew up on a farm, which he often helped his family with,[2] and played three sports. Because he didn't go to a more famous school and was quite skinny at the time, he was overlooked by many colleges with Division I football teams, including his local Fresno State Bulldogs, and had to play one year at a community college called Reedley College. Wyoming gave him a chance after looking over his high school and Reedley College film.[3][4]

College career[change | change source]

After being rejected by Eastern Michigan and Fresno State one last time, Allen committed to Wyoming, enrolling there prior to the 2015 season, after they gave him a scholarship.[5] He had since then grown from 6'3" and 180 pounds to 6'5" and 210 pounds. In his first year, he broke his collarbone during his first game and had to sit out the rest of the year, but played through his next two years at Wyoming, helping the football team win many games.[6]

Professional career[change | change source]

Allen was picked 7th overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft.[6] In his first year, he struggled a bit, but had a good game against the Minnesota Vikings in which he not only helped Buffalo win, but jumped over Anthony Barr, a linebacker just as big as he was.[7] Allen missed four games after hurting his right elbow, but came back and did a little better, finishing with a very good game against the Miami Dolphins in which he scored 5 total touchdowns.[8] He ended up breaking several rookie records for the team that year, even though he was not very accurate throwing the ball.[9]

After improving a little more in 2019 and leading the Bills to a playoff game, Allen did even better in 2020 after working on his technique. He passed for over 4,500 yards and 37 touchdowns and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes, the fourth best rate that season, after two years of being one of the least accurate quarterbacks in the league.[10] His rapid improvement surprised even some people at ESPN, as they thought he would never play this well.[11] The Bills also won 13 games that year and made it to the AFC Championship game, where they would lose to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Josh Allen Stats". Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  2. Schlabach, Mark (August 16, 2017). "Meet the NFL draft darling who couldn't get a college scholarship". Archived from the original on June 17, 2019. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. Eisenberg, Jeff (August 17, 2017). "How Wyoming's Josh Allen went from zero scholarships to the top of NFL draft boards". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. Graham, Tim (May 19, 2018). "You bloom where you're planted: the cultivation of Josh Allen, Part 1". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on May 19, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  5. Vorel, Mike (December 18, 2014). "California JC QB Josh Allen commits to Wyoming". Archived from the original on October 6, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Anteola, Bryant-Jon; Galaviz, Anthony (April 26, 2018). "Firebaugh's Josh Allen weathers draft day storm, taken by Bills with No. 7 pick". Fresno Bee. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  7. Shapiro, Michael (September 23, 2018). "Watch: Bills Rookie QB Josh Allen Goes Airborn, Leaps Over Vikings' Defender". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  8. "Josh Allen named AFC Player of the Week". WKBW. January 2, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  9. Callari, Jenna (December 30, 2018). "Bills beat Dolphins 42–17 in season finale". WKBW-TV. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  10. "Josh Allen 2020 Game Log". Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  11. Van Valkenberg, Kevin (January 6, 2021). "How did Josh Allen make us all look so dumb? Inside his unbelievable rise". Retrieved January 10, 2021.