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Josh Allen was in tears shortly after making his first start as Wyoming quarterback.

After not getting any Division I scholarship offers in high school …

After dedicating himself to the weight room in his one year at junior college …

After serving as the backup in his first game at Wyoming …

Allen finally got his moment to shine, starting the second game of the 2015 season against Eastern Michigan.

He drove the Cowboys to a touchdown on the opening possession.

Then on the second possession, he scrambled -- and broke his collarbone.

"I lowered my shoulder," Allen says. "The safety's helmet kind of went in between my helmet and my shoulder pads."

Allen remembers a flood of emotions as he tried to process the injury in his mind.

Josh Allen

"My season was done just like that, and it was my throwing shoulder, and I didn't know if that was going to have any impact on how I threw the ball for the rest of my life, so yeah, I was scared," he says. "I was worried. I was mad, angry. You can throw out a bunch of different adjectives and I was that.
    
"Sitting in the room, in our training room and getting x-rays and they were like, 'Yeah, it's broken.' I can feel the bone kind of popped out. My family rushed in and they were talking to me, and I just had tears rolling down my face. Not just because that it was hurting -- I could have dealt with the pain. But just not knowing what was going to happen after that, not knowing if I was going to throw a football again in my life. So it was definitely difficult to take in, especially everything that I've been through throughout my playing career up to that moment, finally getting this huge shot that everybody back home is watching."

Allen recovered nicely, and now he could be the first player selected in the 2018 NFL draft.

Allen's dad, Joel, says he knew his son had the drive to work his way back from the injury.

"I just looked at him and said, 'Josh, this story is to be continued. You work your fanny off.  You get back in that field and you'll have another opportunity,'" Joel says. "And he did. He was throwing the ball within five weeks.
    
"When they talked about him to having a chip on his shoulder, he had come back with a vengeance, came back wanting to tear up anybody that didn't give him an offer. That was his first thing and to come back after an injury to show everybody he made a mistake, didn't slide, didn't go down, that he learned his lesson, and that he is that football player that they want on the field, and he came back. Yeah, in full rage."

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