Firebaugh fans react to Bills drafting Josh Allen
Thursday night was a big deal for the small town of Firebaugh - hearing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announce Josh Allen as a first round NFL Draft pick. Folks in Firebaugh have known this day was coming for a long time, but it didn't make the moment when the Buffalo Bills selected Allen 7th overall any less special.
Here is some of the reaction from folks at an NFL Draft Watch Party in Firebaugh:
"It's an achievement of a dream, for not just Josh, but a community," said former Firebaugh Eagles football coach Bill Magnusson, who coached Allen in high school. "Most kids that grow up with that dream to get to the NFL, that's not going to happen. So this is the one percent of the one percent of the one percent of those kids. And the emotion, you can't even describe it. You know, I was crying, I was jumping up and down, I was screaming."
"It was a little bit surreal, you know Josh has kind of grown up here, we've known him his whole life and his parents and it's such a huge moment for this little town," said Vicki DeFrancesco, who hosted the watch party along with her husband Mario. "We're just so excited and proud of him, you just can't even imagine. We're so proud of him."
"Oh, it put Firebaugh on the map," said Wanda Brinkley, who's known Allen since he was a little boy. "We're all just so proud of Josh, and it means a lot to the area."
Markus Espinoza, who played with Allen at Firebaugh high, said, "I thought he was gonna go to the Broncos. It was a heartdropper. Even me and my brother were talking about it, 'man, like felt like a girl broke my heart right there or something.' But you know, I was ecstatic that he went to the Bills. They have LeSean McCoy, they have a good offensive line, it's cold weather, he can play in that. I think it really fits his style of football. They better be ready for 8,000 people in Firebaugh to travel that way to Buffalo, because we're ready to rock and roll with him."
DeFrancesco added, "We are all going to be in Buffalo. We're all buying warm weather gear, and we'll be there."