Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen grew up in California cheering for the SF Giants until one incident made it hard to root for his favorite player.
As the San Franciso 49ers get ready to face off against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football, many are asking about the allegiances Bills quarterback Josh Allen had as a child. Allen was born and raised in Firebaugh, California, in Fresno County.
In a video conference with reporters on October 28th, Allen explained that he grew up cheering for the 49ers and the SF Giants. However, he told a story (recorded by Thad Brown of WROC) about attending a Giants game that impacted his fandom and changed how he interacts with fans today.
"“We were in the tunnel and the player had a really good game, and it was probably an hour after the game and there were maybe ten kids left and my parents are begging us like, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, he’s not coming out,’ but sure enough he came out, and like I said there are probably ten kids left and instead of looking and waving or maybe even giving us fist bumps or whatever, he just turned his cap to the side and kept walking.”"
Allen added, “That left an impression on me like ‘I don’t want to root for this guy anymore.'” He also said the incident motivates him to acknowledge every kid he can after games and practices.
While he would not name the culprit, plenty of people on Twitter and elsewhere have been more than happy to speculate about a one-time Giants star known for his… enigmatic??? personality.
And Allen said it was not Barry Bonds.
Note: A previous edition of this article incorrectly had snubbed in quotations in the title.
The San Francisco 49ers will be taking on the Buffalo Bills and California native Josh Allen this Monday on ESPN. If only a SF Giants player had taken the time to say hi to Allen as a kid, he might be playing a different sport professionally instead.