CHEYENNE -- It wasn't a matter of if, but when Josh Allen would hear his name called during the 2018 NFL Draft.

He didn't have to wait long.

With the seventh pick, the Buffalo Bills took the Wyoming gunslinger. "I'm going to make them look like the smartest people ever," Allen boasted into ESPN's cameras.


After Allen took all the photos and accepted his No. 1 Bills jersey from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, he gave that interview. At the end, he told the reporter that he wanted to give some love to his teammates back in Laramie. He opened up his sports coat and unveiled hundreds of "Steamboat" logos lining his jacket.

It was to pay respect to one of two college teams that gave Allen a chance. He sent out hundreds of letters. Made dozens of calls. In the end, only Wyoming gave him a scholarship.


Allen became Wyoming's highest ever draft pick and only the fourth Cowboy to hear his name called in the first round.

In his first season in Buffalo, Allen started 11 games for Buffalo, completing 52.8 percent of his passes and throwing for 2,074 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 631 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie.

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