Josh Allen grew up on fertile land.
In the opening installment of his five-part series on the community that cultivated the next great hope at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, News sports reporter Tim Graham takes us to the farming fields in Firebaugh, Calif.
You can examine his University of Wyoming stats and video clips, but you won't truly know Josh Allen until you learn how he was raised and the odds he has overcome to reach the NFL. The Buffalo News this month interviewed 22 family members, Firebaugh elders, school administrators and staffers, his earliest coaches and former teammates to retrace the rookie quarterback's journey from a mom-and-pop farmstead to college football to an NFL contract that will make him an instant millionaire about 15 times over. Dig around the Allen family soil and a credo repeatedly crops up: "You bloom where you're planted."
Part Two, coming Monday: How the community helped Josh Allen thrive
Photo Gallery: From farming fields to New Era Field, Josh Allen's journey, through the lens of Harry Scull Jr.
Glimpse of the future: Here is your first look at Josh Allen in his full Bills uniform, from a trading card photo shoot in California.
Blocking out the noise: After losing Eric Wood and Richie Incognito, the remaining members of the Bills' offensive line talked to Vic Carucci about redeveloping continuity during OTAs.
Shaq getting in shape: Lighter, faster and healthier are the buzz words for Shaq Lawson entering his third season, Mark Gaughan writes.
Sports Talk Sunday: Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan will discuss the retirement of Thurman Thomas' number and the legalization of sports gambling with Adam Benigni at 10 a.m. on WGRZ. Preview the show here.
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