May 21, 1996 (27)
Josh Allen is an American football quarterback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). After inconsistent play during his first two years, Allen had a breakout season in 2020 when he led the Bills to their first division title and playoff victory since 1995 en route to an AFC Championship Game appearance. He also set the Bills franchise records for single-season passing yards and touchdowns, while earning Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors. The following year, Allen brought the Bills to a consecutive division title and became the first NFL quarterback to have a touchdown-scoring drive on every offensive possession of a game.
Beginning with his early days in the Buffalo Bills, Allen’s synchronicity with head coach Sean McDermott, appointed in 2017, led to an immediate improvement in the team’s performance, marking the dawn of a new era for the Bills. Next came Allen’s partnership with Brian Daboll, the offensive coordinator, in 2018. Their joint strategies and Allen’s raw talent saw the Bills reach the playoffs for the second time in three years.
In 2019, Allen formed a formidable duo with wide receiver John Brown, leading the Bills to a 10-6 record and another playoff appearance. The following year, Allen’s collaboration with Stefon Diggs, another wide receiver, proved instrumental. Their on-field chemistry was electric, leading the Bills to the AFC Championship game in 2020. The synergy between the two helped Diggs lead the league in receptions and receiving yards that season. Finally, Allen’s bond with offensive lineman Dion Dawkins, established in 2018, cannot be overstated.
Josh Allen was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month in September 2020, reflecting his superior skills and teamwork. The following year, Allen’s record-setting season led to him being named an All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selection. His 2021 season was marked by a noteworthy accomplishment when he broke the Bills’ franchise records for most passing touchdowns and passing yards in a season. Moreover, Allen’s 2022 season showcased his versatility when he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 4,500 yards, 35 touchdowns, and run for more than 400 yards in a single season. He was also named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week four times throughout the 2022 season, demonstrating his unwavering commitment and superior skill in the sport.