Josh Allen might never leave Buffalo again after Sunday
It’s clear that Josh Allen has embraced being a member of the Buffalo Bills. Thanks to the fanbase, they might be the reason he becomes the longest-tenured quarterback in Orchard Park since Jim Kelly.
Buffalo improved to 7-2 following their breakout 44-34 victory over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. Allen, who’s seen his struggles in recent games, broke free against the Seahawks’ secondary, throwing for 415 yards, three touchdowns and scoring another with his legs. To make it more impressive, he played Sunday just hours after losing his grandmother.
In response to the win, Bills Mafia answered to his aid. Thousands of Buffalo fans donated money to Oishei Children’s Hospital, mostly in increments of $17 (Allen’s jersey number) to help with funding. As of Wednesday, the hospital had received more than $300,000 in donations.
On that gesture alone, Allen hopes to remain with the franchise for the remainder of his playing career.
“My family is forever engraved here, myself included. I don’t ever want to leave,” Allen said to reporters Wednesday. “I want to play for as long as I can and give back to this community and Bills Mafia.”
A match made in heaven on both sides?
Allen’s sensational season in 2020 has sparked a new life in a team looking to consecutive postseasons for the first time since 1999. The third-year gunslinger has come into his own, throwing for 2,587 yards,19 touchdowns and five interceptions in nine games. He was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month in September after Buffalo’s red hot start.
The Bills have been on a quarterback carousel of agony since the days of Todd Collins in 1996. That ride might be slowing down if Allen continues to thrive under Brian Daboll and Sean McDermott’s play-calling and set career-best this season. With his fifth-year option looming, the next step would be offering the 24-year-old an extension.
Thanks to the wonderful fans surrounding the franchise, there’s a chance a hometown discount could be arranged. Let’s just give the Bills the award for top fanbase in all of sports history since they’re leading entering a new decade.