LAS VEGAS (AP) Josh Allen needed one thing before going to sleep when he was a kid growing up in tiny Firebaugh, California. And that meant his father had one responsibility when tucking his son into bed each night.
"I would literally cry if my football was not in my bed, and my dad would go and find it for me," the Wyoming quarterback said Wednesday during Mountain West football media day. "I've always loved football, it's been my favorite sport."
That's why the former three-sport star at Firebaugh High School had no trouble abandoning his 92 mph fastball - and offers to play baseball at the next level - to chase his dreams on the football field. Now the rising junior has been thrust into the national spotlight and is sitting atop many mock NFL drafts. The conference's preseason offensive player of the year, who accounted for 3,726 yards of total offense in 2016, has even been the subject of Heisman chatter.