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Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes To Battle Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers In “The Match” Golf Tournament

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Buffalo Bills quarterback and former University of Wyoming Cowboy Josh Allen is going to shift his focus from football to golf this summer in a bid for his first win of any sort over Tom Brady.

On June 1, a battle of NFL quarterbacks will commence with Allen teaming up with his 2022 NFL playoff nemesis Patrick Mahomes to face off against Brady and Aaron Rodgers in a live 12-hole golf event known as “The Match.”

Allen has yet to beat Brady in anything, with the elder quarterback toppling Allen’s Buffalo Bills while playing first for the New England Patriots and then for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brady comes in to the competition as a slightly better golfer. Brady has an 8.1 handicap as compared to Allen’s 9.0.

In a video promoting the event, Allen said his goal was to “swing well and not hit anybody in the head.”

Such an outcome, however, would likely delight Brady who is already tormenting Allen on social media.

In a tweet on Monday morning, Brady posted a shirtless photo of himself with a photo of a child wearing a Buffalo Bill’s helmet.

“An artist’s rendering of me watching Josh Allen’s approaching after laying up on a par four,” Brady wrote.

Allen quickly responded that he was grateful he wasn’t portrayed in wearing “Brady brand apparel.”

The trash talk is a staple in The Match series which has raised $33 million for charity since it was started in 2018 and has donated 17 million meals to Feeding America.

The event will take place in Las Vegas and will be televised on TNT.

The four quarterbacks combined have 30 Pro Bowl selections, 86 playoff appearances and nine Super Bowl titles.

This will be the second time that Allen will show off his golf skills on live TV. The Bills’ quarterback participated in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year.

This will also be Brady and Rodgers’ return to the golf match, as both competed, albeit on opposite teams, last summer during the event in Big Sky, Montana. Rodgers and professional golfer Bryson DeChambeau beat Brady and golfer Phil Mickelson last year.

Last August, the Bills signed Allen to a six-year extension worth $258 million. 

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Josh Allen, Nike Donate $100K To Buffalo Hospital In Honor Of Grandmother

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Former University of Wyoming Cowboy Josh Allen is partnering with Nike to donate $100,000 to a Buffalo, New York, children’s hospital that has a wing named for his grandmother.

Allen and Nike announced their pledge on Monday to donate $100,000 to help with patient treatment at the Oishei Children’s Hospital.

A video released by Nike showed Allen talking about falling in love with Buffalo after his first visit to the city and how supportive the “Bills Mafia” has been toward him.

“People were like, ‘You don’t want to be in Buffalo, it snows too much, it’s this, it’s that,'” Allen said in the video. “And then I got here for my visit, and I’m like, ‘This is exactly where I want to be.'”

Allen’s grandmother died right before a Bills game against Seattle in November 2020, emotionally crushing the quarterback. More than 27,000 fans donated $17 each (in honor of Allen’s jersey number) to the Oishei Children’s Hospital, raising more than $1.4 million. The money was used to open the hospital’s “Patricia Allen” wing last month.

Allen was present at the emotional ceremony to dedicate the wing while his family attended via Zoom.

Hospital administrators read a plaque on the wall which described how the donations — a completely organic effort by Bills fans — began.

“After the Buffalo Bills were victorious over Seattle on November 8, 2020, fans discovered that quarterback Josh Allen played the game after just losing his grandmother, Patrica Allen,” the plaque said. “In support, fans began donating in $17 increments to Oishei Children’s Hospital.” 

Allegra Jaros, president of Oishei Children’s Hospital, said she was aware that Allen’s family and community had a big impact on who he was, mentioning his “courage, determination, and focus on winning.”

“All of that has brought unmeasurable benefit to us here at Oishei Children’s Hospital,” Jaros told Allen at the time.

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Pediatric Recovery Wing Named For Josh Allen’s Grandmother in Children’s Hospital

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Former Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen continues to make a big impact on and off the field.

His on-field heroics are well-known as he is the odds-on favorite to win the Most Valuable Player Award in the NFL this year.

Off the field, he’s making even more of a difference.

A pediatric recovery wing named after his deceased grandmother was unveiled at a children’s hospital in Buffalo, New York, last month.

The wing was made possible because more than 27,000 fans donated $17 each (Allen’s jersey number) to the hospital to honor Allen’s grandmother after she passed in November, 2020.

The total, more than $1.4 million, was put toward the new wing.

Allen was present at the emotional ceremony while his family attended via Zoom.

Hospital administrators read a plaque on the wall which described how the donations — a completely organic effort by Bills fans — began.

“After the Buffalo Bills were victorious over Seattle on November 8, 2020, fans discovered that quarterback Josh Allen played the game after just losing his grandmother, Patrica Allen,” the plaque said. “In support, fans began donating in $17 increments to Oishei Children’s Hospital.” 

Allegra Jaros, president of Oishei Children’s Hospital, said she was aware that Allen’s family and community had a big impact on who he was, mentioning his “courage, determination, and focus on winning.”

“All of that has brought unmeasurable benefit to us here at Oishei Children’s Hospital,” Jaros told Allen.

Allen wiped away tears when he saw the plaque and said it was the work of the nurses, doctors, and hospital workers that had the “true unmeasurable impact.”

“My family and I cannot even begin to express our gratitude for the support this community has shown us,” he said.

“The dedication and commitment that the staff at Oishei shows families and patients during their time in the hospital absolutely exemplifies what it means to live in the city of good neighbors here in Buffalo.”

The CEO of Kaleida Health told Josh that the wing was a tribute to him as well.

“We are indebted to you for all of your support,” Robert Nesselbush said.

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Josh Allen Appears On Peyton and Eli’s Monday Night Football Show

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

We learned a lot about former University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen on Monday night.

Appearing on “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” featuring brothers Peyton and Eli Manning, we learned that Allen credits his ability to play in the cold Buffalo weather to his time in Laramie, he may assault a table in a parking lot like so many Bills’ fans and he doesn’t mind that Peyton’s son wears an Allen jersey — not a Manning one.

Allen held up well on the three-hour improv show, which showcases the weekly Monday Night Football game as seen through the eyes of the Manning brothers. Although the focus of the show is reportedly the game, the guests get easily distracted and talk about many other things.

The never-ending diversions are what makes the show fun to watch, as when Peyton chided Josh for his son’s refusal to wear a Manning jersey on his youth football team.

“My son’s name is Manning. It’s my name, it’s my dad’s name. I’d like him to put Manning on the back of his jersey. Instead, he puts J. Allen. Tell me how to interpret that and will you please tell him that’s not a nice way to treat his father,” Peyton said.

Allen responded by saying if Manning’s son was throwing to any teammates with the last names of Bills’ receivers on their jerseys — like Stephon Diggs or Cole Beasley — then it’s a team thing.

“No, no, it’s just him,” Peyton said while Eli watched, laughing. “Everyone else had their normal names.”

“I don’t know what to tell you there,” Allen said smiling.

Then Eli stepped in and mocked Peyton on another topic. Notably, it was the first week where Eli did not make a joke about Peyton’s forehead.

As for the time-honored tradition of usually drunk Bills’ fans jumping onto tables (and breaking them) in Buffalo’s parking lot before game-time, Allen said he would do it, but only after winning a Super Bowl.

“As long as we get to the [Super Bowl] parade, maybe I’ll jump off the top rope on the bus,” Allen said while Eli and Peyton were laughing at a video of a Bills’ fan who set himself on fire and then jumped on a plastic table, thus destroying it.

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Josh Allen To Appear With Peyton and Eli Manning on Monday Night Football

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

If yesterday’s Bills game wasn’t enough for fans of former University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, there’s good news to report: he’ll be appearing on Monday Night Football.

Not as a player, but as a guest on ESPN’s “Manning Cast”.

For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s the regular broadcast of Monday Night Football but brothers Peyton and Eli Manning handle play-by-play duties. Sort of.

The alternative broadcast of the esteemed weekly football game is unorthodox to say the least. The focus is on the brothers’ comments — not so much the game.

That’s the charm. It also means if the contest is a “dog,” it’s still entertaining to watch.

To that point, Cheyenne resident Jeff Gillotti said he enjoyed last week’s game between the Saints and the Seahawks, not because of the football, but because of the Mannings.

“Amazing, a horrible football game, two horrible quarterbacks, and I didn’t even notice, didn’t miss a second of a game between two team I couldn’t care less about,” he said shortly after the game concluded.

This week’s Monday night game is no gem. Neither the Giants nor the Chiefs are having a good year and perhaps the only interesting thing about it is to find out whether Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes can get his act together. 

But with the Manning Cast, it doesn’t really matter. The brothers carry the show. And anything can happen.

Last week, former Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch dropped the f-bomb a couple of times and Tom Brady provided a full quarter of entertainment.

Allen is a fan.

“It’s awesome,” Allen said of the telecast. “Yeah. Big fan. … I have a good relationship with Peyton and Eli going back to the Manning Passing Academy. And Archie texts me once in a while, which is really cool.”

As for Monday’s broadcast, Allen said he was looking forward to it even if he purposely tries not to say anything interesting.

“I don’t know if I have the insight they’re looking for. Let’s just say I wouldn’t give them any sound bites or clips,” he said.

The broadcast begins at 6 p.m. on ESPN 2. Allen will be the third quarter guest. Other guests include Jon Stewart, Michael Strahan, and Michael Irving.

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Josh Allen Is Favored To Be This Year’s Most Valuable Player In NFL

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Buffalo Bills quarterback, and former University of Wyoming Cowboy, Josh Allen is currently favored to be named this year’s “Most Valuable Player” by the NFL.

According to sports gambling sites BetOnline and BetMGM, Josh Allen has now overtaken Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray as the favorite to be named MVP this year.

Yahoo football writer Frank Schwab said Allen’s elevation to the top spot was not surprising in light of the Bills’ big win over Kansas City on Sunday.

“MVPs usually get a bump when they play great games against marquee opponents in prime time,” Schwab said. “That pattern probably will never change. And Allen just led an impressive win over a team that has made the past two Super Bowls.”

The season is young and depending on the week, odds will shift but if the Bills continue to win decisively and Allen maintains his performance, he’ll have a strong chance, Schwab said.

“If the Bills end up as the AFC’s best team and Allen keeps playing near the level he has been at, he’ll have a very good case. He helped his case with a marquee performance on Sunday night,” he said.

Oddsmakers have Allen, Murray, and the ageless Tom Brady filling the top three spots thus far with Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert close behind.

Bills’ fans, of course, have already crowned Allen the champ. Upon returning to Buffalo early Monday morning, supporters were lined up outside of the airport chanting “MVP!”.

It’s been a good year for the former University of Wyoming quarterback. Last month, Allen had the nation’s top-selling jersey as the NFL headed into the fall season.

The jersey doesn’t come cheap, with both the blue and white jerseys of Allen’s costing around $120. However, a couple of his Nike-related jerseys are a little less costly, at $90.

Despite being the darling of Buffalo, New York right now, Allen has not forgotten his time in Wyoming.

Last week, before the Bills game against the Houston Texans, Allen was spotted wearing a Wyoming state hat, which then led to a number of Google searches connecting the football player with the state.

“Josh Allen is a popular public figure and a Wyoming success story. Any time he showcases his connection to Wyoming is welcome visibility, both for the University and for our state,” Gov. Mark Gordon’s spokesman Michael Pearlman told Cowboy State Daily last week. “You can see the web search activity pick up after that clip and photos of him wearing the Wyoming hat aired.”

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Josh Allen Wears Wyoming Hat Before Buffalo Bills Game, State Goes Wild

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Despite playing for the Buffalo Bills in New York, Josh Allen has not forgotten the state that helped make him a football star.

On Sunday before the Buffalo Bills game against the Houston Texans (which the Bills handily won, 40-0), Allen was spotted on a video posted to Twitter walking into the stadium with a red hat bearing a familiar blue and white bison logo.

“That’s a good looking hat @JoshAllenQB,” the Wyoming Cowboy Football Twitter account wrote on Sunday.

Gov. Mark Gordon’s spokesman Michael Pearlman pointed out that Google Trend searches increased for the quarterback and Wyoming this weekend after viewers spotted him in the Wyoming hat.

“Josh Allen is a popular public figure and a Wyoming success story. Any time he showcases his connection to Wyoming is welcome visibility, both for the University and for our state,” Pearlman told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. “You can see the web search activity pick up after that clip and photos of him wearing the Wyoming hat aired.”

Around 100 people searched for “Josh Allen Wyoming” on Sunday morning before the game, about the time the clip would have been posted online. But scores of people continued to search for the two terms throughout the rest of the day and into early Monday.

The Wyoming Office of Tourism pointed out to Cowboy State Daily that in addition to Allen’s Wyoming hat sighting, Wyoming native Logan Wilson, who plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, was recently spotted sporting a hat from his home state.

“We love seeing our Pokes in the pros like Josh Allen and Logan Wilson still representing the Cowboy State,” Michell Howard, Senior Director of Brand Strategy, told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. “It is always great to have the state out there gaining attention and keeping us in the forefront for when our advertising does reach their view. It’s nice to see players showcasing their connection to Wyoming and getting our name out there for future travelers.”

In August, Allen signed a six-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills for around $260 million, $150 million of which was guaranteed.

Last month, Allen had the nation’s top-selling jersey as the NFL headed into the fall season.

The jersey doesn’t come cheap, with both the blue and white jerseys of Allen’s costing around $120. However, a couple of his Nike-related jerseys are a little less costly, at $90.

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Former Wyoming QB Josh Allen Has The Top-Selling Jersey in the NFL

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Not bad for the former Wyoming Cowboy quarterback.

Josh Allen, who now leads the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, has the nation’s top-selling jersey.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday announced that Allen’s uniform is number one for sales as tabulated by Fanatics, the sports retailer which officially licenses NFL attire.

Allen’s jersey has been number one for six weeks now topping perennial leaders Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.

Although Wyoming has long-been considered Denver Broncos’ territory, because of Josh Allen, the Bills have encroached on this once-sacred ground.

Longtime Buffalo Bulletin publisher Jim Hicks has observed the movement.

“Around the village we are starting to find a lot of Buffalo Bill fans,” Hicks wrote in his weekly column. “Their loyalty migrated to that team when former UW quarterback Josh Allen became a franchise player with the Bills.

“And those who follow that team have learned he is a respected team leader. Many will not forgive John Elway for failing to see his qualities and drafting him for the Broncos,” he said.

Those in true Buffalo Bills’ territory took the news of Allen’s popularity as divine revelation.

“First, ESPN ran over 20,000 simulations of the upcoming season and projected the Super Bowl champs to be the Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen to be the league’s MVP,” wrote WYRK radio’s Kadie Daye.

“Now, it is evident that a majority of people will be backing Josh Allen and the Bills this season, according to recent sales of NFL jerseys,” she said.

The jersey doesn’t come cheap, with both the blue and white jerseys of Allen’s costing around $120. However, a couple of his Nike-related jerseys are a little less costly, at $90.

Last month, Allen signed a six-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills for around $260 million, $150 million of which was guaranteed.

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Josh Allen Predictions That Did Not Age Well

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As former University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen heads to the AFC Championship game with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, it’s fun to look back at all the so-called football experts who predicted doom for the Buffalo Bills when the organization drafted him in 2018.

A video posted on social news aggregator Reddit on Thursday captured some of those remarks — none of which are flattering to the 6-foot, 5-inch quarterback who was the seventh overall draft pick in 2018.

Although some predicted he would be a bust (IE: Josh Rosen), the quarterback instead steadily grew better and better and better.

This past season, Allen’s third, he is considered one of the top quarterbacks in the league and in the MVP conversation.

What did the talking heads say about him in 2018?

“Josh Allen is awful, beyond a shadow of a doubt,” Outkick’s Clay Travis said. “The dude has major issues with throwing the football.”

“Carson Wentz is Josh Allen except way better,” Colin Cowherd said. Ironically, Wentz was benched this year while Allen improved his passing accuracy to fourth-best in the NFL.

“Disaster is coming for Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills,” said an unidentified commentator. “I think Josh Allen is terrible. They would have been better off with Tyrod Taylor.” (Taylor, by the way, holds a clipboard).

Another broadcaster predicted Allen was “at best” a sixth-round draft pick while a goofy-looking Cleveland Browns sportscaster said Allen would be “a total bust”.

Meanwhile, Allen — only in his third year — holds franchise records in Buffalo for passing touchdowns in a season (37), total touchdowns (45), completion percentage (69.2), quarterback rating (107.2), and ESPN’s QBR statistic (81.7).

After being drafted, Allen humbly thanked the Bills organization and said his goal was to “make them look like the smartest people out there.”

Mission accomplished, Josh.

If you are a Josh Allen fan, this video is definitely worth watching.

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