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Move over, Bills mafia: Josh Allen's biggest fans hail from small California town


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Sam Farmer
Sat, January 23, 2021, 9:00 AM
Before he was the Buffalo Bills quarterback, Josh Allen was a multiple sports star at Firebaugh High School.
Before he became the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback, Josh Allen was a multiple sports star at Firebaugh High School. (Courtesy of Joel Allen)

The earth is dead-level flat here, as unwavering as a Johnny Unitas haircut, an endless quilt of farmland that produces cotton, wheat, grapes, melons and pistachios. In normal times, on a given fall night, you can stand in one tiny town and see the glow of the football field in the next, from Kerman to Tranquility to Mendota; Firebaugh to Dos Palos to Los Banos.

Ribbons of two-lane roads and generations of bitter rivalries separate the farming communities of the San Joaquin Valley, where local sports border on religion and high school heroics harden into lore. Yet these days, these elbowing towns feel as one, with everyone pulling in the same direction, the Hatfields proudly linking arms with the McCoys.

Because this is Josh Allen country.




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