During last month’s NFLPA Rookie Premier in Los Angeles, Bills quarterback Josh Allen participated in a roundtable discussion among the five first-round quarterbacks, hosted by Sports Illustrated.
The complete episode, which is available on si.tv, runs for 24 minutes. The most interesting answer from Allen came when the quarterbacks talked about the rise in personal quarterback coaches and a growing camp circuit.
“I never did that growing up,” Allen told host Robert Klemko. “I came from a small town. I didn’t really go the camps. I was too busy playing different sports. … Watching kids grow up and play different sports, allowing them to develop different parts of their athleticism, to me was a big part of my success in college.
“The pro of playing multiple sports is you’re competitive. That competitive edge kicks in, and if you’re just doing the circuit and you’re going to camps, it’s not the same. You’re not getting the same amount of competitive nature that you would playing other sports.”
The quarterbacks also shared which players inspired them as kids.
“Growing up and watching Brett Favre, do the things he did on the field, just how many consecutive games, I mean, the dude never missed” a game, Allen said. “I mean, he was always on the field. He had so much fun playing the game. His teammates loved him, and that’s just always what I’ve tried to emulate, is playing like that man right there. And then obviously being able to watch Tom Brady in the prime of his career, reeling off the Super Bowl wins, continuing to improve every year, take care of his body. It’s something spectacular that we’ve been able to watch.”
Allen also shared the best piece of advice he received during the pre-draft process, saying former Giants great Michael Strahan explained how, at the start of his career, he paid close attention to what was being written and said about him.
“Being in the New York market, 90 percent of it was going to be negative, no matter how great he was going to be doing,” Allen said. “So he told me, ‘I stopped reading all that stuff. I just tuned it out completely, kept to me, my family and my teammates and I felt like a different man.’ ”