Get to know Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen
From the farm to the gridiron, Josh Allen knows his way around a field.
Since being drafted seventh overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the 26-year-old California native has made Western New York his home as the fifth-year quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.
Allen grew up in the small California town of Firebaugh, where he was raised by a family of third-generation farmers. His extended family owns approximately 1,200 acres of farmland in the region and grows cotton, wheat, grapes, melons and pistachios.
His grit and hard work ethic fostered on the ranch, combined with the strength he gained digging ditches and pulling weeds, laid the foundation for the dream Allen lives today: playing professional football.
Trading his boots for his cleats, Allen has helped his new family — one who wears the red and blue and calls them his teammates — for the past five NFL seasons. Before joining the Bills, he played Division I football at the University of Wyoming where he threw for 44 touchdowns and 5,066 passing yards in 27 career games for the Cowboys.
As the All-Pro QB continues his impressive run with the Bills, he chatted with PEOPLE about his game-day rituals, who he idolized growing up and the songs that get him the most hyped before taking the field.
Keep scrolling to get to know the quarterback!
Do you have any game day rituals or superstitions you have to complete before taking the field?
Josh: Yes, indeed! If there’s a game at one o’clock, I don’t eat. If it’s a night game, I eat breakfast. There is a playlist that I have to listen to right before we go out. The way I put my pads in my pants and then my socks, how I put my socks on, there’s a bit of superstition there too.
Is there a certain song you listen to before games that gets you fired up?
Josh: No, it’s actually old slow school, so I listen to Frank Sinatra, it’s an Elvis track, it’s a Sammy Davis Jr. track. And then the last two I listen to are a bit of a pump up, but not much. It’s like, ‘Okay, get ready, you’re going out there, get ready to go [kind of song].’
Do you have a post-game routine?
Josh: Not really. It’s a little different. Usually after the game I try to find ways where I can hang out with my teammates and find a place to eat or get guys to come home and just hang out.
Do you read what people say about you on social media or do you try to avoid it altogether?
Josh: I try to avoid it at all costs. Sometimes you’ll get someone to retweet something about you here or there, but no, I try not to let it distract me. I try to be the same guy in this building every day. And the only opinions that really mattered to me are my friends, my family and my teammates.
Who was the player you idolized growing up?
Josh: I think I had a few. Probably early in my life was more Brett Favre, just the joy of him playing the game. So Tom [Brady] and Aaron [Rodgers]. I’ve had the pleasure of playing against those two guys and going to do some cool stuff. I did The battle with them last year, the golf deal with them, which was very, very special and surreal for me. So I think those three guys are the ones that I’ve liked, I wouldn’t say they’ve modeled my game after, but just learned the love of the game through them and just tried to act like them and emulate them in ways.
If you weren’t playing football, what would your job be?
Josh: Probably working on the farm.