Although his NFL career is still young, it’s safe to say that Josh Allen has endeared himself to Buffalo Bills fans. During three seasons in Western New York, the quarterback has developed from a talented, if inconsistent player, into a legitimate star; he’s also led the Bills back into the playoffs, earning the team their first postseason victory since 1995. He isn’t ready to rest on his laurels just yet, though.
Should the Buffalo Bills win the Super Bowl, Josh Allen is prepared to pull out all the stops. Despite risks to his own safety, the quarterback has already pledged to celebrate a potential championship in classic Buffalo fashion.
Josh Allen has put it all together with the Buffalo Bills
These days, Josh Allen is one of the top young quarterbacks in the entire NFL. His stardom, however, didn’t always seem like a sure thing.
Coming out of high school, Allen didn’t receive any attention from big-name NCAA programs; his best offer was a chance to walk onto the San Diego State team with no guaranteed playing time. Instead, the quarterback started his career at Reedley College. After one season on the JUCO scene, he earned a transfer to the University of Wyoming. There, he emerged as a legitimate NFL prospect.
In the 2017 NFL draft, Allen joined the Buffalo Bills as the 12th-overall pick; before long, he had taken over as starting quarterback. Although he was still raw—Allen only completed 52.8% of his passes all season—his raw talent, arm strength, and running ability was obvious.
With each passing season, though, Allen has continued to improve. During the 2020 campaign, for example, he posted a 69.1 completion percentage, along with 4,559 passing yards and 37 passing touchdowns. He now looks like a pretty complete quarterback, capable of using his physical tools consistently and effectively.
He also has the Buffalo Bills back to winning ways in the postseason
In the modern NFL, having a talented, young quarterback is often what it takes to take the next step toward success. Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl title; while he’s yet to win a championship, Lamar Jackson has given the Baltimore Ravens a major boost. The Buffalo Bills will hope that Josh Allen does the same for them.
While it’s yet to be seen if Allen can help Buffalo win an elusive Super Bowl title—the franchise, of course, lost four consecutive big games in the 1990s—he has already broken one streak. During 2021’s Wild-Card weekend, the Bills won their first playoff game since 1995; Allen threw for two touchdowns and rushed for an additional score in the victory.
The Bills will now face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional round. Although there’s no such thing as an easy game at this time of year, everyone in Buffalo has to be feeling pretty optimistic about their team.
Josh Allen has pledged to jump through multiple flaming tables if the Buffalo Bills win the Super Bowl
While every NFL team has plenty of passionate fans, Buffalo’s Bills Mafia is known for taking things to the next level. If the Bills win the Super Bowl, though, Josh Allen is prepared to join in one of their most treasured traditions: jumping through a table.
“Last year, at this time, when we interviewed you, you said [if] Buffalo wins a Super Bowl, you’re jumping through a table,” Adam Schein of Mad Dog Radio reminded Allen. “So, just to confirm about 365 days later, [if] Buffalo wins a Super Bowl, Josh Allen is jumping through a table.”
While there’s something to be said for sticking to your word, the Bills’ brass probably won’t be thrilled with their quarterback’s response.
“Tables. Plural,” the quarterback said, “And light them on fire, too. Let’s do it.”
If Josh Allen leads the Buffalo Bills to a Super Bowl title, he’ll already be a hero in Western New York. If he celebrates by jumping through multiple flaming tables, though, Bills Mafia could have a new don.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference