Bills QB Josh Allen loved getting booed by Jets fans at Yankees game
New York Jets fans gave no love to Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen at Yankee Stadium, but he doesn’t mind one bit.
There’s not much mileage separating the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, but the bitter AFC East rivals still have plenty between them.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, Bills quarterback Josh Allen remarked on the experience of attending a recent New York Yankees game. That experience was complete with a chorus of boos, something he should have expected from Jets faithful in attendance.
But for Allen, not only was this part of the gig, he seems to have thoroughly enjoyed it:
I went to a Yankees game last month, and they put me on the Jumbotron at Yankee Stadium, which was really, really cool. I got booed because they’re Jets fans, but that, to me, was so gratifying.
Allen was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, just four spots after the Jets made Sam Darnold their franchise quarterback. Both teams traded up to secure their new quarterbacks, and as both were top-10 picks in the same draft, Allen and Darnold will have their careers compared to no end in the coming years.
Both young passers took their expected rookie lumps last season, but also provided flashes of brilliance that should have both Bills and Jets fans excited about the future.
How each team build around their franchise quarterback will be key to their development, and to the team as a whole reaching their full potential under their leadership. While the Bills made some solid additions this offseason, the Jets added perhaps the most valuable offensive weapon on the market in running back Le’Veon Bell, along with stud veterans like slot receiver Jamison Crowder and guard Kelechi Osemele.
Along with some improvements on defense, including Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley and No. 3 overall pick Quinnen Williams, the Jets likely get the edge on the Bills in terms of the improvements they made surrounding their young quarterback this offseason.
Comparing Darnold and Allen won’t stop anytime soon, and because of the position they play, team success will be tied to how they’re remembered. But at least for now, it appears Allen doesn’t mind the friendly competition from Jets fans.