The Time I Ran Into Josh Allen At The Target In Orchard Park
I don't brag often on things but I do want to say that even with all the Bills fans who didn't want the team to draft Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, I was near the front of the line for him coming to Buffalo.
It was a shaky start to his Bills career, but after a great rise in 2019 from his 2018 rookie campaign, Allen exploded for an MVP candidate season in 2020 with over 4,500 passing yards and over 40 total touchdowns on the way to an AFC Championship game appearance.
Then, Allen had another terrific season in 2021, leading the Bills to their second straight AFC East title. His Wild Card win against the New England Patriots was nothing short of amazing, as he had 400 total yards and led the Bills offense to the first perfect game in league history (no punts, turnovers, field goal attempts).
Allen's AFC Divisional Round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was the stuff of legends, as that performance put him in the top two or three quarterbacks in the entire NFL, even those the Bills lost.
When Allen was taken in the 2018 NFL Draft, I never thought I would see him in public so quickly but it happened a few weeks later.
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My fiancee and I were walking into Target for some items (honestly, I can't even remember what we went there for). It was towards the front of the store and I saw a very tall guy walking towards me. I soon realized it was Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
Josh had a smile on his face and was walking pretty fast, but I smiled back at him as he walked by and yes, I was in awe.
My fiancée will never let me live down that day because I paid no attention to her at that moment and wouldn't stop gushing about it afterward.
That was almost three years ago and she now refers to that afternoon as the day I saw my BFF. She's not wrong, I did in fact see my favorite athlete in sports right now and will never look at that Target store in the Quaker Crossing Plaza the same.