With the NFL Draft fast approaching, Josh Allen is becoming more and more of a household name. The Kentucky star is projected to be a top-three pick, and today, is the subject of an excellent feature by ESPN’s Rich Cimini. Cimini profiles Allen’s rise from two-star recruit to potential superstar, a story we know well but never gets old.
As Cimini writes, Allen’s journey is the feel-good story of the draft, similar to that of Chicago Bears star Khalil Mack back in 2014. The article covers a lot of ground we already know — how Allen moved from Alabama to New Jersey and played football off and on, causing him to be overlooked by recruiting services; the fortuitous way he ended up on Kentucky’s radar; his meteoric rise in Lexington; and how his son impacted his decision last year — but it’s worth a few minutes of your time, if only for this great quote from his sister, Myisha Hines-Allen, a former Louisville basketball star that now plays in the WNBA.
“It all started with my grandparents and their passion for sports,” Myisha writes in an email from Serbia, where she is playing professionally during the WNBA offseason. “My grandfather had a saying: ‘Cut them deep and let them bleed.’ And I feel like everyone in my family went by that when they stepped on the court or the field. When we set our eyes on something, we continue to fight for it until it is ours. And that is exactly what Josh is doing right now and I cannot be more proud of him.”
For more, including Mel Kiper’s thoughts on Allen, head on over to the Worldwide Leader.