In a week full of big-time college football games, the biggest game of the season is still to be played this week. The Alabama Crimson Tide will be facing the Tennessee Volunteers in a huge game that could determine who takes home the 2018 national championship. After opening the season with a bunch of blowout wins, the Tide have struggled in recent weeks. Granted, it has been pretty difficult for any team to beat the Tide early on, but their recent struggles were a bit more difficult than others. Since the Tide were crowned the College Football Playoff National Champions, they have not been that impressive and their last five games have been against lesser teams.
Having been a lifelong Bills fan, it is no doubt that Josh Allen has a lot of support from the Buffalo faithful. At the top of that list is former Buffalo quarterback, Doug Flutie. Although Flutie did not remain on the Bills roster for long, the franchise still holds a special place in his heart. So when Allen was announced as the Bills’ first round pick, many fans were thrilled. But, it wasn’t just the Bills fans who were excited about Allen, many people saw him as a potential successor to Flutie.Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly started his last game as the franchise’s QB in 1996. Since then, Bills fans have seen a parade of half-good, unimpressive or just plain awful quarterbacks come through Orchard Park. One of the best of that mediocre group was Doug Flutie, and current Bills QB Josh Allen takes a cue from him.
Flutie took Buffalo by storm in the late ’90s, and though neither he nor the team ever reached the heights Kelly did earlier in the decade, Flutie became a beloved figure in the city. Allen is definitely following Flutie’s footsteps, as he too tries to get into Kelly’s skin.
After Kelly’s departure in 1996, the Bills spent the season with the very forgettable Todd Collins and Alex Van Pelt as their primary quarterbacks. In 1998, the Bills traded the 9th pick in the draft and the 4th pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for QB Rob Johnson, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Johnson was a stocky, 6-foot-1 Californian from UCLA. When the Bills acquired him, he only started once behind the injured Mark Brunell.
That same season, the Bills signed former Heisman Trophy winner Flutie. Generally thought to be undersized and not good enough for the NFL, the 6-foot-6 QB has dominated the CFL in his time up north.
For three seasons, the golden boy and the little guy competed for a starting spot with the Bills. While Flutie’s record is 21-9 in 30 starts in Buffalo and Johnson’s 9-17 in 26 starts, the latter has consistently been given opportunities, justifying the high price of a draft pick.
Along the way, Buffalo fans fell in love with the miniature Flutie. He was so popular that he even had his own breakfast cereal, Flutie Flakes. According to ESPN, the Boston College product thought it would sell cereal several thousand boxes for charity.
Bills fans bought 2.8 million boxes.
For the fans, it is hoped that Bills Allen will follow in Kelly’s footsteps on the field. Off the field, Allen is already continuing Flutie’s legacy.
In 2021, Allen is again partnering with PLB Sports & Entertainment, the company that produced Fluties breakfast cereal, to release a second edition of Josh’s Jaqs. According to the Livingston County News, it’s a red and blue frozen cereal with a fruit roll profile.
The cereal will be available during football season at supermarkets in Western New York, Wegmans and Tops. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, a charity Allen has worked with extensively in the past.
The 25-year-old QB from Wyoming is thrilled that a custom breakfast dish has been named after him:
It’s very surreal to have your own cereal. It’s what you always dreamed of when you were growing up and saw athletes on cereal boxes, Olympic champions, American gold medalists. It’s a very humbling experience, and having your own box set with two different editions is great.
Let’s see if Allen can start his day with Josh’s Jaqs Big Bowl and get him ready for a potential MVP season in 2021.
(left to right) Doug Flutie, Josh Allen. Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport; Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Jim Kelly led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s. He left the Bills as the all-time leader in yards, touchdowns and just about every other QB metric to watch. Most of these franchise records are still his today.
In 2020, Josh Allen grew from a prospect to the NFL’s best QB, becoming the second-best signal-caller in franchise history. In 2020, his stats were 4,544 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, a 69.2 percent completion rate and just 10 interceptions. He also scored 421 yards on the ground and eight more TDs.
Allen enters the 2021 season as one of the favorites to win the MVP award, and the Bills are almost unanimously considered the best team in the AFC East by the experts. It’s a great place, but it means high expectations for the young setter.
This is a very important season for the QB if he hopes to have the same success as Kelly and one day end up in Canton, Ohio State. Bills fans are hoping he can do that while impersonating Flutie and raising money for charity.
All statistics are from Pro Football Reference
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