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Josh Allen Didn’t Declare For NFL Draft Early Because He Owed Coach Bohl Respect

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Here’s something you don’t hear every day in the world of professional athletics.

Appearing on a popular national sports program on Friday, former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen said he didn’t declare for the NFL draft his junior year because he thought he owed Cowboys football coach Craig Bohl the respect to stay.

Allen, who was subsequently drafted 7th overall the next year in the 2018 NFL draft, told ‘Bussin’ With The Boys’ hosts Will Compton and Taylor Lewan that he was aware if he declared in 2017, he would be drafted high — as high as number two overall.

But he couldn’t do it.

Astonished, the hosts asked him why.

“Coach Bohl was the only guy who stuck his neck out for me,” Allen said. “He came to my family, he came to my house in the middle of nowhere. I just felt I owed him the respect to come back for one more year.”



It took awhile for the hosts to process Allen’s answer. One said if loyalty was a component on the Madden football video game, Allen would have a score of 99 (the highest score possible).

It’s not as though Allen didn’t think about it. He said he did. In fact, he was leaning on leaving after his junior year after he saw mock drafts that had him as the second highest draft overall. That and he was getting numerous calls from agents.

When he tentatively made a decision to enter the NFL draft early, he couldn’t sleep that night. 

When Bohl called him the next morning, he declined to answer it because he was wrestling with the decision.

“I just couldn’t tell Coach Bohl no,” he said.

The conversation then turned to hypotheticals and they asked him if Bohl were to have been offered a more prolific job in Division One football, did he think the coach would have taken it despite Allen’s decision to come back.

Allen didn’t think so. He said Bohl had told him he was going to retire at the University of Wyoming and had just signed a contract extension the year before.

Lewan and Compton left impressed with Allen’s decision.

“That is a good guy,” Compton said. “That is a good guy move.”

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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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Josh Allen For Sale This Holiday (Kind Of)

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

2020 has been mostly bad, with the world being hit by a plague, wild animals, an election that still hasn’t been officially decided and much more.

But as the year comes to a close, we can reflect on the things we’re most thankful for, such as being able to get our very own Josh Allen for the holidays.

Well, it’s a much smaller and more plastic-y version of the UW alum, but close enough.

Allen now has a Funko Pop figurine in his likeness for sale at various retailers, including Amazon, Walmart and Target, which boasts the cheapest price at $9.99.

His Funko figurine (which are essentially bobbleheads, sans bobbling) currently has two five-star reviews on it on Target’s website, which is unsurprising, because he deserves five stars in everything he does.

The football player is decked out in his blue and white uniform, celebrating his time as a member of the Buffalo Bills football team. But, you could probably get some brown and gold paint and redecorate him to celebrate UW – we won’t tell.

This is the latest Allen-branded item to hit shelves this fall. Just recently, his cereal “Josh’s Jaqs” was available for sale at the UW bookstore (they taste like Fruit Loops, FYI).

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the cereal go to a children’s hospital in Buffalo, New York.

“It’s something that people get and they start their day and they look at me on a cereal box,” Allen told reporters in Buffalo. “It’s definitely weird, but it’s a cool thing and something to cross off the bucket list.”

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Josh Allen’s New Breakfast Cereal Is Available in Wyoming. But What Do They Taste Like?

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If eating cereal named after former Wyoming football players is something you’re interested in, there’s great news.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s new cereal “Josh’s Jaqs” — which has been selling very well in upstate New York — now has made it to the mountain time zone. Laramie, to be specific.

It turns out, for your dining pleasure, that a whole mountain of Josh’s cereal arrived at the University of Wyoming book store last week.

The nice thing about Josh’s Jaqs is that a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the cereal go to a children’s hospital in Buffalo, New York.

Apparently the sales of the cereal are robust.

According to media reports, sales of Josh’s cereal are on pace with the sales of “Mahomes Magic Crunch” — which, of course, is named after Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

But how about the taste?

Sadly, according to taste-testers in Buffalo, Josh’s Jaqs taste just like Fruit Loops. Another, in the video above, thinks they taste like Apple Jacks without the apple.

The tester also admits he doesn’t eat much cereal anymore because he’s trying to bring back “sexy” for his lady.

We also learned — and this could be helpful for the guy bringing sexy back — one cup of Jaqs have 20 fewer calories than those founds in Loops.

Is it even possible — taking it a step further and more intellectual direction — that a new flavor of cereal can even be created?

Perhaps. And candlemakers might be the industry to watch here.

After all, one such company has made a candle that — instead of the traditional scents — smells like musty carpets, dusty furnishings, and graveyard grasses.

It’s called the Ghostly Castle candle.

We’re not suggesting cereals taste like carpet, furnishings or graveyards, but it does give us hope that perhaps new flavors can be invented.

What does Josh think of his cereal? He thinks it’s weird.

“It’s something that people get and they start their day and they look at me on a cereal box,” he told reporters in Buffalo. “It’s definitely weird, but it’s a cool thing and something to cross off the bucket list.”

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Cheyenne Students Ask Josh Allen to Come Back for Read Across America Week

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Students at Prairie Wind Elementary School in Cheyenne are asking Buffalo Bills quarterback — and former University of Wyoming standout — Josh Allen to return to the Cowboy State in March.

The students asked Allen via video to join them for Read Across America Week which begins on March 2.

“If you are able to come, you will have a chance to meet your number one fans and the coolest kids around,” said one student in the video. 

Another student, donning a Buffalo Bills hat, asked the gymnasium full of students who they all loved. 

“Josh Allen!” the students yelled followed by an eruption of screams and cheers.

 Principal Lisa Weigel told Buffalo TV station WKBW that the students chose Allen because he’s a great role model.

“Our kids really know how to work hard, they have an all in attitude and it’s something [Josh Allen] approaches in everything he does so we couldn’t think of a better role model,” Weigel said. “Come back to where everything started for you, come back and share with students the incredible things you’ve accomplished due to your hard work.” 

Laramie food truck wins top honors at national wing contest

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The owner of a Laramie food truck was recognized recently as creating the best traditional buffalo wing sauce in the country in a national competition held at the home of the buffalo wing.

Trent Weitzel, the owner of “Double Dubs” food truck, which specializes in wings, won four awards at the Buffalo Wing Festival held in Buffalo, New York, over the Labor Day holiday.

“The big one is the traditional medium sauce category,” said Drew Cerza, the celebration’s founder who has earned the title ‘Wing King.’ “That was the original sauce created in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo. (Double Dubs) won first place in that. That’s a really good one.”

Double Dubs also placed second for traditional barbecue sauce and third for extra hot traditional sauce and claimed the event’s “rookie of the year” title.

For Weitzel, the appearance at the festival was the result of several years of work and a good word from a former customer.

Weitzel, who started his food truck business about six years ago, had contacted Cerza for the past four to five years to see if he could get a spot among the restaurants competing at the festival.

“At the end of the day, he didn’t have anybody to vouch for me for how good the chicken wings were,” he said.

So Weitzel contacted an old customer — former University of Wyoming Quarterback Josh Allen, who is now the quarterback for the Buffalo Bills football team — to ask him to put in a good word for him.

“(Weitzel) called me this year and said ‘Before you give me a no, hear me out — have you ever heard of a guy named Josh Allen?’” Cerza said. “Five minutes later, don’t I get a call from Josh Allen. And Josh introduces himself and says ‘I’m Josh Allen and I just wanted to put a plug in for my boys out there from Wyoming.’”

As a result, Double Dubs is the first food truck company to have competed in the contest, Cerza said.

Cerza said the most impressive award for Double Dubs was the first place for best traditional medium buffalo sauce.

The sauce must be based on the original recipe created in Buffalo, which was a mixture of Frank’s Red Hot cayenne pepper sauce and butter, Cerza said.

The sauce was one of eight Weitzel took to Buffalo for the competition.“All of the sauces I’ve created and made are 100 percent one-offs,” he said. “The original recipes and everything.”

Weitzel’s path to glory in the wing set began more than 14 years ago, when he started cooking wings in his back yard. He then expanded to providing wings for backyard barbecues and football parties before opening up the Double Dubs food truck about six years ago.

“My specialty is the sauces I create,” he said. “I tell people I’m retired. I really don’t work. This is a lot of fun to me.”

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