Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen appeared to have found a way to move on from the heartbreaking playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on January 23. After declining to participate in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, February 6, the Bills star accepted an invitation to compete in his first-ever AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, part of the PGA Tour.
“I’m not the best player in the world, I’m not going to tell you that I am, but when I can hit it, I’m going to hit it far, a long way,” Allen said, per SI. “And it’s something that I enjoy to do. It’s my favorite thing besides football to do is to be out on the golf course and hitting shots and hanging out with the boys and having a good time.”
Just a few days earlier, while watching the Chiefs’ AFC Championship playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals, he tweeted one brief, simple message: “Pain.”
Based on the smile on Allen’s face while he golfed in Monterey, California, alongside Keith Mitchell, he no longer looked like a man in pain.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 1, 2022
However, Allen admitted on February 3, that he’s still processing the fact that he and the Bills won’t be competing in the 2022 Super Bowl, and that while the Bills’ overtime playoff defeat against the Chiefs “was a fun game to be a part of and I know that everybody I talked to so far has come up to me and talked about how much they enjoyed that game — it’s a small consolation prize.”
Allen said watching the Super Bowl, instead of participating in it, will also be painful.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get the job done and it hurt watching the last week’s game and it’s going to hurt watching the Super Bowl, knowing what could have been. But, again, we move on, we’ll learn from it, and we use it to our advantage.”