Brandon Allen’s family traces journey to chance to start for Broncos: “He’s been waiting for this moment”


Bobby Allen played quarterback in high school and college, and when his sons — Christian, Brandon and Austin — began playing football, he didn’t push them to play the position. But he certainly planted the idea.

“He always told us, ‘Quarterback is the place you want to be — you want the ball in your hands,’” Christian Allen said.

The ball will be in Brandon Allen’s hands Sunday as the Broncos’ new quarterback against Cleveland. Allen will make his first NFL start, replacing Joe Flacco, who sustained a season-ending neck injury last week at Indianapolis.

Allen became used to having the ball in his hands early on, starting three years in high school in Fayetteville, Ark., and later the University of Arkansas. But since being drafted by Jacksonville in 2016, his only playing time has come in the preseason. The Broncos’ 538th offensive snap of the year will be Allen’s first of his career.

“It’s something I have always worked for and tried to be ready for,” Allen said. “This will be a great opportunity.”

The opportunity may be fleeting if the Broncos decide to give second-round rookie Drew Lock a look next month. But Allen wants to take advantage.

He will be well represented in the stands. The ticket count is 16 — including his father, sister Daniele, two brothers, aunts, uncles and college friends — and rising heading into the weekend.

“It will be cool to see him out there and everything, but I would like to think it’s just another football game because you don’t want to put too much pressure on him,” Austin Allen said. “And I’ve seen him play so much, I know what he can do.”

Brandon’s family traced his journey to wearing the Broncos’ No. 2 jersey in interviews with The Denver Post this past week.

Sports family

The Allen family was all about sports. After playing at Virginia Tech, Bobby Allen began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Colorado (1983-84) and has been on the Arkansas staff since 1998, currently as director of high school and NFL relations.

Bobby and Marcela Allen have four children: Christian, 29; Brandon, 27, and Austin, 25; and Daniela, 23. Christian played baseball at Ark.-Fort Smith and Austin succeeded Brandon as the starting quarterback at Fayetteville High and Arkansas.

Daniela Allen: “Oh yeah, (always sports). I didn’t even do cheerleading or dance or anything like that. It had to be basketball, softball, tennis, football — I always wanted to be in the backyard with my brothers. I may have come inside crying a couple of times, but I always wanted to compete with them. I was 7 or 8 years old and we would be playing ‘21′ and they wouldn’t want me to play so they would raise the goal. I would throw a fit in the house until my parents went out to make them let me play.”

Christian Allen: “It didn’t matter (the sport), we were always super competitive.”

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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