Josh Allen knows what it’s like to be doubted. Coming out of the University of Wyoming, there were questions about his ability to compete at the NFL level, with critics declaring he was untested against elite competition.
To state the obvious, Allen has proved them wrong, leading the Buffalo Bills to the AFC Championship last season, and finishing second in MVP voting.
In the NFL’s Take the Stage video series, he urges 2021 quarterback prospect Trey Lance, who’s also coming from a small school, to keep his success in mind.
“You’re always going to have doubters,” Allen said. "I’ve heard it all before. 'You’re not good enough to play quarterback in the NFL.' 'You’re untested.' 'Your competition is too weak.' Ignore them. Get on the field and let your game do the talking. It’s time to make some noise, Trey.”
Lance put up huge numbers at North Dakota State, passing for 2,786 yards and rushing for 1,100 yards more during his last season. The Bisons’ 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Though Lance went 17-0 at NDSU, his victories came against the likes of Central Arkansas, James Madison and Northern Iowa. Playing in the Football Championship Subdivision, it’s fair to have questions about Lance, especially since the other top quarterbacks in the draft — Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Justin Fields — all faced off against upper-echelon opponents.
But as Allen shows, elite NFL quarterbacks can emerge from anywhere. He’s a symbol of success to all pass-throwers from small schools.