Buffalo News: Proving Doubters Wrong Since Youth (3rd of 5)
The Buffalo Bills drafted their next great hope at quarterback with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. This is the third of a five-part series, "You bloom where you're planted: The cultivation of Josh Allen." (Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) Part 4 will be published on BNblitz.com Wednesday.
LOS BANOS, Calif. – Josh Allen, all of 9 years old, was a backup tailback and safety on his first Pop Warner team.
The idea of throwing passes someday for the Buffalo Bills was outlandish. He seemed to have trouble making the Dos Palos Broncos' roster.
Allen stood on the sideline and watched his Broncos get slaughtered in a scrimmage against the Los Banos Tigers. Then the starting tailback needed a potty break. Allen dashed onto the field.
"And here comes this kid," Los Banos offensive coordinator Tyrell Jenkins said, punctuating his words by smacking the back of his right hand into the palm of his left.
"He was just playing," smack, "like it was a 0-0 game," smack, "just hitting," smack, "and hitting," smack, "and hitting," smack.
On the Los Banos sideline, head coach Michael Tate, defensive coordinator Chauncey Lee and Jenkins whooped about Allen.
"He was a shorty," Jenkins said, "but you just saw the passion. We're saying, 'Man, this kid is losing by 50 points! He just won't quit! If we had 10 of him? We're winning the league championship!'
"We just happened to say all this near his father, who we didn't even know."
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