Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen leaps over Vikings, into fans' hearts

Posted at 6:39 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 18:40:32-04

It was almost inevitable. A fantastic play from the Buffalo Bills' new franchise quarterback in his first career road start has already turned into a meme and a t-shirt.

#JoshAllenJumpingOverThings is quickly turning into an homage for Josh Allen's run for a first down in the first half. He jumped over Vikings LB Anthony Barr, and the play has, rightfully, captured the attention of many fans in Buffalo.

"It was incredible," Julie Gerlach from Cheektowaga said Monday. "You don't see very many quarterback hurdling over people."

The Bills took to twitter to Photoshop the rookie jumping over things like two Buffalo (of course), the moon and Niagara Falls.

The play also caught the imagination of Del Reid, founder of 26 Shirts, who quickly changed the shirt design he had planned to announce Monday. He teamed with David Cervi who helped design a t-shirt with Allen's silhouette leaping through the air.

"It was such an iconic moment, I feel like. That whole game was almost like a mile marker or something," Reid said. "We wanted to do something that kind of recognized the gravity of the moment and how special it was to have this new, franchise quarterback out there making plays."

The design plays off the famous Air Jordan logo. Sales help benefit the family of Jessica O'Connor. She died last year in a car accident, leaving behind two young children and her husband.

You can click here see the shirt, aptly named "Hurdle Ave." Here is a link to a GoFundMe page to learn more about O'Connor and how to support the family.

As many Bills fans were quick to say, Monday mornings are much better after a victory. The team advanced to a record of 1-2 after upsetting the heavily-favored Vikings 27-6.

"That's what I want to see in a quarterback and I haven't seen in a quarterback since probably [Jim] Kelly," said Ryan Sweda of Cheektowaga.

For Jim Kelly's part, he doesn't even think he could do what Josh Allen did on Sunday.

To read more Bills coverage and for analysis from Joe B., click here.

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