The 2018 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown took place Thursday, and Chargers WR Keenan Allen did his best impression of Clifford Franklin.
Following a season in which he put up career numbers, including finishing third in the NFL in receiving yards (1,393) and fourth in receptions (102), Chargers’ Keenan Allen will be attending his first Pro Bowl.
However, the fun and games has already begun. Allen, who was voted 2017 NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America, participated in the Pro Bowls Skills Showdown, an event between the AFC and NFC that featured six competitions: “Precision Passing,” “Drone Drop,” “Gridiron Gauntlet,” “Best Hands,” “Kick Tac Toe” and “Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball.”
The AFC ultimately brought home the title, but the highlight of the night was Allen’s performance in “Best Hands.” The goal was simple: Complete a variety of catches in the shortest period of time. Allen started off hot, but as soon as he got to the one-handed receiving portion of the contest, he fell apart. The ending was great, too. Allen, who was fatigued and knowingly lost, fell head-first into the mat on his first and only diving attempt.
What makes it even better is that prior to all competitions, Allen spoke with Chargers.com’s Hayley Elwood and told her that he’s “probably going to win.” It’s not entirely fair to put all the blame on Allen, as Chiefs’ Alex Smith, who was Allen’s quarterback for this event, was not exactly on point either.
Nobody should take this seriously. It’s actually very amusing. Check it out below!
Allen even took to Twitter after his star-studded performance..
— Keenan Allen (@Keenan13Allen) January 26, 2018
As the great Dennis Reynolds would say, that performance doesn’t represent Allen.