Jim Kelly
American football player
Jim Kelly
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.
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Bills legend Jim Kelly thinks Patriots' Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time
LATimes - 4 months
Hall of Famer Jim Kelly thinks the greatest quarterback of all time is still playing in the NFL right now, although he jokes with the 17-year veteran on a regular basis that maybe it’s time to call it a career. “I continue to tell him, year after year, it’s time for you to retire,” the legendary...
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Chad Kelly raced to check on brother after late hit, mom says
ABC News - 5 months
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, went onto the field after a brawl erupted at his brother's high school football game in upstate New York on Friday night. The brawl happened during a game between Casey Kelly's team, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, and Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School. Buffalo police suspended the game. There have been no reports of arrests. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told The Associated Press that he talked with Chad Kelly, a Buffalo native, by phone after the game and said the quarterback was back at home with his parents. The Rebels are off this week and don't play again until Oct. 15 at Arkansas. "From the version I've heard, he didn't do anything to anybody. They were pulling him back because he gets emotional," Freeze said. "I probably would too if that were my family." Freeze said he wasn't planning any discipline for Kelly but was working to gather more. ...
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Chad Kelly raced to check on brother after late hit, mom says
ABC News - 5 months
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, went onto the field after a brawl erupted at his brother's high school football game in upstate New York on Friday night. The brawl happened during a game between Casey Kelly's team, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, and Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School. Buffalo police suspended the game. There have been no reports of arrests. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told The Associated Press that he talked with Chad Kelly, a Buffalo native, by phone after the game and said the quarterback was back at home with his parents. The Rebels are off this week and don't play again until Oct. 15 at Arkansas. "From the version I've heard, he didn't do anything to anybody. They were pulling him back because he gets emotional," Freeze said. "I probably would too if that were my family." Freeze said he wasn't planning any discipline for Kelly but was working to gather more. ...
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NFL Week 1 Cheat Sheet: Trevor Siemian-led Broncos will win Super Bowl rematch - FOXSports.com
Google News - 6 months
FOXSports.com NFL Week 1 Cheat Sheet: Trevor Siemian-led Broncos will win Super Bowl rematch FOXSports.com The games now count and so do the picks. So who will get off to a quick start in Week 1? Photo: Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images/Mark Cunningham. Thursday: Panthers at Broncos. Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, and Warren Moon all had wonderful NFL ... The Drive That Never EndsESPN Elway wants Siemian to relax, “Just go out and play”NBCSports.com Why Your Team Sucks 2016: Denver BroncosDeadspin ABC News -SB Nation -Longmont Times-Call -Mile High Sports all 67 news articles »
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Jim Kelly returns to hospital after latest scans were inconclusive on presence of cancer
Fox News - 8 months
Jim Kelly returns to hospital, scans inconclusive on cancer presence
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Goodell says no compromise on 'Deflategate'
Yahoo News - 9 months
(The Sports Xchange) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear on Monday there will be no settlement in his Deflategate battle with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Speaking with reporters before Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's charity golf tournament in Batavia, New York, Goodell said he does not expect a compromise between the NFL and Brady, who is attempting to have his four-game suspension overturned. "We're not going to hand the integrity of the game off (to someone else)," Goodell said Monday, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.
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Buffalo Bills to retire Hall of Fame defender Smith's number
Yahoo News - 10 months
Bruce Smith, a Hall of Fame defensive end for the Buffalo Bills, will have his jersey number retired at the NFL club's 2016 home opener, the team announced Wednesday. No player has worn Smith's number, 78, since his final season with Buffalo in 1999 and it will be set aside permanently during a half-time ceremony when the Bills play host to the New York Jets on September 15. Smith, 52, will join quarterback Jim Kelly as the only players in Bills history to have their numbers retired, with Kelly's number 12 having been so honored in 2001.
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An Vote Tomorrow to Keep Kids Safe
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Homeless young people strive to remain invisible, knowing that if they look like they don't have a safe place to sleep at night, they can be exploited by the forces of the street -- pimps, thieves, criminals who want to recruit them, violent people who want to harm them just because they can. The traps set for homeless kids are invisible as well, usually made to look like something else. If we want to keep the kids we serve at Covenant House safe, we need to know how to recognize these camouflaged traps. My colleague Jim Kelly is fighting one such trap in New Orleans, where he runs our local Covenant House. I believe the issue is worth taking on across the country and beyond. To many homeless young people, particularly girls, young women and transgender persons, strip clubs can seem to be the only job readily available. Compared to legitimate workplaces, such clubs are less likely to care if you have a permanent address or a valid way to prove you're of age. They don't care if you ...
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Jim Kelly’s Record Day for Houston? – This Forgotten Day in Houston
Houston Chronicle - about 2 years
February 24, 1985: On this day, the Chronicle reported that Houston Gamblers’ quarterback Jim Kelly had thrown for the most yards in a single game in U.S. pro football history; 574 yards at the Coliseum. Kelly and the Gamblers trailed Steve Young and the Express by 20 with just 9:47 left to play, and he […]
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Peyton Manning and the Top 20 QBs of All-Time
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I write this blog to celebrate the greatest quarterback of our lifetime, and to present the nineteen quarterbacks that now trail behind him. Rather than relying on traditional or contemporary sentiment, the methodology of this unique ranking is purely logical. In using an MS Excel formula to weigh the statistics, the success and consistency of 250 quarterbacks in NFL History (see the rough methodology at the end), I've unearthed a top 20 list that is sure to invite discussion. 1. Peyton Manning, 1998-present: Before this season, I had Manning behind both the relatively unknown Otto Graham and the celebrated Joe Montana. It took Manning five MVPs, thirteen winning seasons, one Super Bowl in three appearances, elite statistics for fourteen seasons, and seven All-Pros to get here. His weak play off record had slowed him down. However, despite his recent Super Bowl defeat, he is the marble statue that all future quarterbacks will look to and hope to surpass. 2. Otto Graham, 1946-1955 ...
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My Journey Down NFL Super Bowl Boulevard XLVIII - Part 1 of 6
CNN - about 3 years
You can see my entire set of photos from NFL Super Bowl 48 (XLVIII) Boulevard on my photo blog gallery Here. I had the opportunity to visit New York City’s Times Square for the NFL’s Super Bowl 48 (XLVIII) Boulevard, an amazing event for fans of professional football, sports fans in general, and anyone just looking to have a great time. There are events for both adults and children, most of which are completely free. NFL players have been signing autographs since the event began on Wednesday, January 29th, and will continue to sign through today. I’m on line for Cleveland Browns football great Jim Brown, who went on star in two of my favorite cult classic movies for the 1970s - Take A Hard Ride and Three the Hard Way - both of which he co-starred with martial artists, actors and fellow athletes Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson. When I visited Times Square for the NFL’s Super Bowl 48 (XLVIII) Boulevard on Thursday, I saw Steve Young from the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers & San Francis ...
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Super Bowl Preview: Denver Broncos Offense vs. Seattle Seahawks Defense
Huffington Post - about 3 years
This Sunday, for the third time in the recent Super Bowl era, the NFL's best offense will face the league's best defense. In the previous two instances, the top defense won -- rather famously so. Bill Belichick's game plan as the underdog New York Giants defensive coordinator defeated Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly's offensive juggernaut in 1991's Super Bowl XXV. This defensive strategy was considered so exemplary that the plan is currently on exhibit in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That Belichick guy had promise. In 2003, head coach Jon Gruden used his Tony Dungy-trained Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense to hammer the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXII. Hard as it is to imagine in 2013, the Raiders and QB Rich Gannon were the No. 1 NFL offense in the 2002 season. The Bucs defense scored three times in the 48-21 beat down. Whether Peyton Manning and his historically productive offense can break this trend is the central question of Super Bowl XLVIII. In this postseason, Manning and ...
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It's Peak Season for NFL blackouts
The Street - about 3 years
PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- We've been wrong about the National Football League's blackouts already this season -- thanks largely to NFL teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers increasingly using loopholes to avoid them -- but all bets are off when it comes to televised football in late December. Of last season's 15 NFL games taken off the air for failing to sell out a venue 72 hours in advance of kickoff, six (40%) came in December. It isn't exactly a mystery why, either: The temperatures get colder, the weather gets more punishing and teams that had tough seasons get closer to elimination. Last season, the four teams that blacked out games in December -- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills -- had a combined record of 24-40 at the end of the season. All missed the playoffs. This year, the Buccaneers are out of that mix despite a sub-.500 record and nonexistent playoff prospect. The Glazer family of owners teamed with sponsors to exploit a ...
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5 Bone Palaces In Europe That Will Scare the Sh*t Out of You
Huffington Post - about 3 years
These death dens will scare you out of your skull! Photo by: noslouch Europeans see our glorious holiday of binge drinking and candy eating as an American export, and only observe it if they're under the age of 11. But you can't really blame them when you realize they have enough creepy shit to last all year round. Here are five European ossuaries that will simultaneously satisfy your hunger for Halloween fun and take away your appetite for candy. The Catacombs, Paris Photo by: pkoudounaris This massive tunnel system under the streets of Paris is the granddaddy of all tombs. This beast of a burrow contains more than 6 million bodies and has over 200 miles of twisting passageways! The crazy thing is that no one really knows what's down there beyond a few miles. The tunnels are unmapped territory, a dark and mysterious "Empire of the Dead" under the city of light. If you take the tour, you'll be introduced to some of Paris's oldest residents who have been morbidly stacked along ...
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The 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner A Huge Success For The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Terry Bradshaw, James Worthy, Dave Winfield, Nick Faldo, Bob Costas, Jim Kelly, Kenny Smith and more joined forces to "Stand Up for those who can't"NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Celebrities, sports legends, corporate leaders and more joined NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and Event Chair Mark Dalton as they hosted a sold out crowd in celebration of the 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner. ...
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Jim Kelly has been checking in on EJ Manuel twice a week
USA Today - over 3 years
The Bills rookie quarterback gets regular texts and calls from the Hall of Famer.
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The Mark Sanchez NFL Buyback
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On July 6th the New England Patriots offered anyone with an Aaron Hernandez jersey the opportunity to exchange it for a free jersey of comparable value. The exchange was a rousing success. Not so much for the New England Patriots, who had to exchange over 500 #18 jerseys, but for anyone that could get in on the exchange action. This was a very smart move by the Patriots who, of course, must take full responsibility for this maniac they chose to reward with over a half a million dollars a year. That being said, apparently word about the Patriots' exchange program has gotten around to the other NFL teams and the New York Jets have just announced a Mark Sanchez jersey buyback sale that launches Thursday night. This, finally, is the kind of positive publicity the New York Jets are rewarding their long suffering fans with. After a huge improbable win last Sunday Mark Sanchez is clearly no longer needed. Accused of murdering any hopes of a Jets Super Bowl appearance anytime soon, Sanch ...
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The 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner To Honor Terry Bradshaw, Shawn Johnson, Jim Kelly, Nick Faldo, Dave Winfield, James Worthy, And More
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Dinner to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure ParalysisNBC's Brian Williams to Serve as Master of Ceremonies; Broadway's "Jersey Boys" to Perform LiveNEW YORK, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, will host its 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday, September 30, 2013. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Kelly
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    Kelly's nephew, Chad Kelly, is the starting quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels football team as of 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 54
    On November 1, 2014, Kelly announced he had contracted MRSA within his bones, three months after being declared cancer-free.
    More Details Hide Details A few weeks after the announcement, Kelly said he was MRSA-free. Kelly, along with Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, and Scott Norwood, was the subject of the 30 for 30 film - Four Falls of Buffalo.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was announced on August 20, 2014 that doctors could no longer find evidence of cancer.
  • 2013
    Age 53
    On June 3, 2013, Kelly announced that he has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a form of cancer, in his upper jaw.
    More Details Hide Details He underwent surgery at a Buffalo hospital on June 7. Kelly reported to news outlets shortly after his surgery that the procedure was successful and he was now cancer-free.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details MyFanClip has licensing agreements with the NFL, MLB, NHL and NASCAR. Proceeds also benefit the Hunter's Hope Foundation. Since 1988, Kelly has run a football camp for youths between the ages of eight to 18 at the Buffalo Bills facilities. It started with 325 campers in its first year, growing to over 500 campers a year. This camp provides teaching from experienced coaches and previous players from all over the country. Kelly also participates in various drills with the participants.
  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details I love you, buddy." Kelly continues to reside in East Aurora, New York, with his wife Jill and their daughters, Erin and Camryn. He has several business ventures, including Hall of Fame Life Promotions, a promotional company that is committed to donating a percentage of all of its proceeds to the Hunter's Hope Foundation.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 37
    To honor his son, Kelly established a non-profit organization in 1997: Hunter's Hope.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly's advocacy on behalf of Krabbe patients has increased national awareness of the disease. He and his wife Jill founded the annual Hunter's Day of Hope, which is held on February 14, the birthdays of both Jim and Hunter Kelly. The Hunter James Kelly Research Institute was founded at the University of Buffalo in 2004, where neuroscientists and clinicians are studying myelin and its diseases.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hunter died as a result of this disease on August 5, 2005, at the age of 8. This loss deeply affected Kelly.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 30
    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).
    More Details Hide Details In his four Super Bowls, Kelly completed 81 of 145 passes for 829 yards and two touchdowns, with seven interceptions. His 81 completions are the fifth most in Super Bowl history behind Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner and Joe Montana. In Super Bowl XXVI, he set a record with 58 pass attempts, and in Super Bowl XXVIII he set a record with 31 completions (this was later surpassed). Kelly finished his 11 NFL seasons with 2,874 completions in 4,779 attempts for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns, with 175 interceptions, all of which are Buffalo records exluding the interceptions. He also rushed for 1,049 yards and seven touchdowns. Including his time in the NFL and USFL, he finished with over 45,000 passing yards and 320 touchdowns. In 2001 the Buffalo Bills retired his number 12 jersey.
  • 1988
    Age 28
    He helped lead the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances and six divisional championships from 1988 to 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Buffalo made the playoffs in eight of Kelly's 11 seasons as their starting quarterback. Kelly's primary 'go-to' wide receiver with the Bills, Andre Reed, ranks among the NFL's all-time leaders in several receiving categories. Kelly and Reed connected for 65 TDs during their career together trailing only the tandems of Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (112), Steve Young and Jerry Rice (85), Dan Marino and Mark Clayton (79), Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne (69), and Drew Brees and Marques Colston (68) for touchdowns by an NFL quarterback and receiver tandem. Kelly ran the Bills' "K-Gun" no-huddle offense, which was a fast-paced offense named after tight end Keith McKeller, that denied opposing defenses the opportunity to make timely substitutions (the NFL later changed the rules in response to this to allow opposing defenses time to change formations under no-huddle situations, but this applied only if the offense made personnel substitutions). This offensive scheme called for multiple formation calls in a huddle, so that after each play was completed, the Bills would eschew a following huddle, instead lining up for the next play where Kelly would read the defense and audible the play. This led to mismatches and defensive communication breakdowns and, in the 1990s, established the Bills as one of the NFL's most successful and dangerous offenses, instrumental in leading Buffalo to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances.
  • 1986
    Age 26
    Kelly finally joined the Bills (who had retained his NFL rights) in 1986 after the USFL folded.
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  • 1984
    Age 24
    He was the USFL MVP in 1984, when he set a league record with 5,219 yards passing and 44 TD passes.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly's USFL records eclipsed those of fellow league quarterbacks Doug Williams and Steve Young. When the Houston Gamblers folded, Kelly went to the New Jersey Generals and was slated as their starting quarterback. Kelly also appeared on a cover of Sports Illustrated while holding a Generals' helmet, but the league collapsed before he ever fielded a snap with the Generals.
  • 1983
    Age 23
    He was pleased to see while watching the 1983 draft on television that the Bills did not select him as the 12th pick in the first round, but learned from his agent that the team had another first-round pick; the Bills chose Kelly as the 14th pick.
    More Details Hide Details Although Kelly at the time stated that he had expected the Bills to choose him, he later said, "You have to say those things... I cried. (Laughs) I didn't really literally cry. I just had tears. I'm like, 'You got to be kidding me.'" Although he believed that team owner Ralph Wilson would not bring in the right players to build a championship team, Kelly was resigned to playing for the Bills. While meeting with the team to negotiate his contract, however, a Bills secretary mistakenly let Bruce Allen, general manager of the rival United States Football League's Chicago Blitz, reach Kelly on the telephone; Allen persuaded Kelly to leave the meeting. Kelly later claimed that the USFL offered him his choice of teams because of the league's interest in signing quarterbacks. He signed with the Houston Gamblers, who played in the climate-controlled Houston Astrodome, and said, "Would you rather be in Houston or Buffalo?"
    Because of fellow quarterback John Elway's well-publicized reluctance to play for the Baltimore Colts, which chose him in the 1983 NFL Draft, Kelly's agent asked whether there were any teams he would not play for.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly, who disliked cold weather, listed the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, and Buffalo Bills.
    Kelly was selected by the Bills in the first round of 1983 NFL draft and was taken fourteenth overall.
    More Details Hide Details He chose to sign with the Gamblers instead and did not play for the Bills until the USFL folded in 1986. Employing the "K-Gun" offense, known for its no-huddle shotgun formations, Kelly led one of the greatest NFL scoring juggernauts. From 1991 to 1994, he helped guide the Bills to a record four consecutive Super Bowls, although the team lost each game. In 2002, Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his first year of eligibility. His jersey number 12 is one of two numbers retired by the Buffalo Bills. Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up about 60 miles to the northeast, in East Brady. He was a standout at East Brady High School and won all-state honors after passing for 3,915 yards and 44 touchdowns. After his senior year, Kelly played in the Big 33 Football Classic.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Age 0
    Born on February 14, 1960.
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