Josh Allen entered high school as a scrawny 5-foot-10, 130-pound freshman.
But the fact he was small for his age never stopped him from dreaming big. He eventually became the star quarterback at Firebaugh (California) High School, but his lack of prototypical size scared off college recruiters. Allen had his heart set on attending nearby Fresno State, the school he’d rooted for his entire life, but the Bulldogs never reciprocated that interest.
In fact, it wasn’t just Fresno State who never came through with an offer—it was every scholarship football program in the country. Allen graduated from Firebaugh without a single offer, but he wasn’t ready to give up on his dream of being a Division-I quarterback. The decisions he made from that point forward not only helped him achieve that dream, but helped him make it to the NFL:
Although Allen never got the chance to exact his revenge on Fresno State, he made plenty of other teams regret overlooking him. The adversity Allen faced on his path to the pros forged a competitive fire within him that still drives him to this day. The growth spurt—Allen now measures 6-foot-5, 237 pounds—probably didn’t hurt, either. Now he’ll have the chance to add a new chapter to his football story as a member of the Buffalo Bills.