Jim Kelly

Football Player
Born Feb 14, 1960

James Edward Kelly is a former American football quarterback in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and in the USFL for the Houston Gamblers. Kelly was the third quarterback taken in the 1983 NFL Draft which featured six quarterbacks taken in the first round where John Elway was first pick.… Read More

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  • Bills Legend Jim Kelly Thinks Patriots' Tom Brady Is The Greatest Quarterback Of All Time
    LATimes - Nov 01, 2016
  • Chad Kelly Raced To Check On Brother After Late Hit, Mom Says
    ABC News - Oct 11, 2016
  • Chad Kelly Raced To Check On Brother After Late Hit, Mom Says
    ABC News - Oct 08, 2016
  • Nfl Week 1 Cheat Sheet: Trevor Siemian Led Broncos Will Win Super Bowl Rematch Fox Sports.Com
    Google News - Sep 08, 2016


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Kelly.


1960 Birth Born on February 14, 1960.


Kelly was selected by the Bills in the first round of 1983 NFL draft and was taken fourteenth overall. … Read More
1984 24 Years Old …  He was the USFL MVP in 1984, when he set a league record with 5,219 yards passing and 44 TD passes. … Read More
1986 26 Years Old Kelly finally joined the Bills (who had retained his NFL rights) in 1986 after the USFL folded.
1988 28 Years Old He helped lead the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances and six divisional championships from 1988 to 1995. … Read More


1990 30 Years Old …  He recorded an NFL best 101.2 passer rating in 1990, led the league with 33 touchdowns passes in 1991, and made the Pro Bowl five times (1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, and 1992). … Read More
1997 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Kelly devoted much of his post-football life to his son, Hunter James Kelly, who was diagnosed with globoid-cell leukodystrophy (Krabbe disease) shortly after his birth on February 14, 1997. … Read More


2002 42 Years Old When Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, he dedicated his speech to Hunter. "It's been written that the trademark of my career was toughness," he said as he choked back tears. "The toughest person I ever met in my life was my hero, my soldier, my son, Hunter. … Read More


2011 51 Years Old In 2011, Kelly founded Jim Kelly Inc. a company which produces the MyFanClip line of all purpose clips which bear sports team logos and other insignia. … Read More
2013 53 Years Old On June 3, 2013, Kelly announced that he has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a form of cancer, in his upper jaw. … Read More
2014 54 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 14, 2014, after a follow-up test at the Erie County Medical Center, it was announced that Kelly's cancer had recurred, and that he would begin radiation and chemotherapy treatment. … Read More
2015 55 Years Old Kelly's nephew, Chad Kelly, is the starting quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels football team as of 2015.
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