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Encyclopedia > Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly
Position(s):
Quarterback
Jersey #(s):
12
Born: February 14, 1960 (1960-02-14) (age 47)
Flag of Pennsylvania East Brady, Pennsylvania
Career Information
Year(s): 1983-1996
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
College: University of Miami
Professional Teams
Career Stats
TD-INT     237-175
Yards     35,467
QB Rating     84.4
Stats at NFL.com
Career Highlights and Awards
All-Time records
  • Bills Record: Career Passing Yards (35,467)
  • USFL Record: Most Passing TD's (83)
  • USFL Record: Most Passing Yards in a Single Season (5219) in 1984
  • USFL Record: Most Passing TD's in a Single Season (44) in 1984
Notable achievements
Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Kelly is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL and possibly the best quarterback to line up under center in the short history of the USFL. Kelly however, never won a super bowl. NFL redirects here. ... “USFL” redirects here. ...


Kelly was drafted in the 1983 NFL Draft, rated just behind John Elway on at least one NFL draft list. Employing the K-Gun offense known for its hurry up shotgun formations and used by later teams like Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts and leading one of the great NFL scoring juggernauts in the Buffalo Bills, Kelly led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993, though the Bills lost all four of them. In 2002, in his first year of eligibility, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 1983 National Football League Draft is also frequently known as the Quarterback class of 1983, because of the six quarterbacks taken in the first round. ... John Albert Elway, Jr. ... Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ...

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Early career

University of Miami and USFL

Kelly grew up in the small Pennsylvania town of East Brady, Pennsylvania (about 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh). Kelly was drafted by the Buffalo Bills out of the University of Miami, where he had played an important role in helping build the University of Miami into one of the nation's premier collegiate football programs. The Bills selected Kelly in the first round of the 1983 draft, but he instead signed with the Houston Gamblers of the rival United States Football League. In two seasons in Houston, running coach Mouse Davis' offense, he threw for 9,842 yards and 83 touchdowns, completing 63% with an average of 8.53 yards per attempt but with 45 interceptions. He was the USFL MVP in 1984, when he set a league record with 5,219 yards passing and 44 TD passes. This article is about the U.S. State. ... East Brady is a borough located in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. ... This article is about the university in Coral Gables, Florida. ... Darrel Mouse Davis (born September 6, 1932 in Palouse, WA) is an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii under June Jones. ...


Buffalo Bills

Kelly helped lead the Bills to emergence as one of the NFL's greatest teams of the 1990s. Buffalo made the playoffs in 8 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. Andre Reed (born January 29, 1964 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver in the NFL for 16 seasons, 15 with the Buffalo Bills (1985-1999) and one with the Washington Redskins (2000). ...


"No-huddle offense"

Kelly was perhaps best known for running the Bills' "K-Gun" no-huddle offense, which was a fast-paced offense that denied opposing defenses the opportunity to make timely 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. The no-huddle offense is a tactic in American football designed to minimize clock usage and/or to keep defenses off-guard. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Records and accomplishments

Kelly holds the all-time NFL record for most yards gained per completion in a single game (44), established on September 10, 1995 in the Bills' game against the Carolina Panthers. 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 four times (1987, 1990, 1991, and 1992). is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Carolina Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1991 NFL season was the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1992 NFL season was the 73th regular season of the National Football League. ...


In his four Super Bowls, Kelly completed 81 of 145 passes for 829 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 7 interceptions. His 81 completions and 145 attempts are the second most in Super Bowl history behind 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 by Tom Brady's 32 completions in Super Bowl XXXVIII). Joseph Clifford Joe Montana, Jr. ... Date January 26, 1992 Stadium Metrodome City Minneapolis, Minnesota MVP Mark Rypien, Quarterback Favorite Redskins by 7 National anthem Harry Connick, Jr. ... Date January 30, 1994 Stadium Georgia Dome City Atlanta, Georgia MVP Emmitt Smith, Running back Favorite Cowboys by 10 National anthem Natalie Cole Coin toss Joe Namath Referee Bob McElwee Halftime show Wynonna Judd, Naomi Judd, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker Attendance 72,817 TV in the United States... Thomas Edward Brady, Jr. ... Date February 1, 2004 Stadium Reliant Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Beyoncé Coin toss Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary, Gene Upshaw Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, P. Diddy, Kid Rock...


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. Along with Dan Marino, Kelly was a pioneer of the mass yearly accumulation of passing yardage that is now common among NFL quarterbacks. He also rushed for 1,049 yards and 7 touchdowns. Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr. ...


On August 3, 2002, Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kelly was enshrined during the first year he was eligible, and headlined a class that also featured John Stallworth, Dan Hampton, Dave Casper, and George Allen. Fellow Hall of Famer and former head coach, Marv Levy, was Kelly's presenter at the ceremony. is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Johnny Lee Stallworth (Born July 15, 1952, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) played college football at Alabama A&M, becoming the Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-round draft pick in 1974. ... Daniel Oliver Hampton (born September 19, 1957) is a retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle who played twelve seasons for the Chicago Bears from 1979 to 1990 in the National Football League. ... David John Casper (born February 2, 1952, Bemidji, Minnesota) played at the University of Notre Dame, earning him All-American in 1972 and 1973. ... George Herbert Allen (April 29, 1918 – December 31, 1990) was an American football coach in the NFL. // Allen was born in Detroit, Michigan, where his father, Earl Raymond Allen, was recorded in the 1920 and 1930 U. S. census records for Wayne County, Michigan as working as a chauffeur to... Marvin Daniel Levy (born August 3, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois) is currently the General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations for the Buffalo Bills. ...


Personal

Kelly devoted much of his post-football life to his son, Hunter, who was diagnosed with Globoid-Cell Leukodystrophy (Krabbe disease) shortly after his birth on February 14, 1997. Hunter died as a result of this disease on August 5, 2005 at the age of eight. Krabbe disease (also known as globoid cell leukodystrophy or galactosylceramide lipidosis) is a rare, often fatal degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


To honor his son, Kelly established a non-profit organization in 1997 (Hunter's Hope). Kelly's advocacy on behalf of Krabbes' patients has increased national awareness of the disease. Kelly 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. is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


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," said Kelly, as he choked back tears. "The toughest person I ever met in my life was my son, my hero, Hunter. I love you, buddy."


Kelly continues to reside in Orchard Park, New York, with his wife and children.


External links

Preceded by
Joe Ferguson
Buffalo Bills starting quarterbacks
1986-1996
Succeeded by
Todd Collins
Preceded by
Mike Rodrigue
Miami Hurricanes starting quarterbacks
1980-1982 (with Mark Richt & Kyle Vanderwende in '82)
Succeeded by
Bernie Kosar
1983 NFL Draft
First Round
John Elway | Eric Dickerson | Curt Warner | Chris Hinton | Billy Ray Smith | Jimbo Covert | Todd Blackledge | Michael Haddix | Bruce Matthews | Terry Kinard | Tim Lewis | Tony Hunter | James Jones | Jim Kelly | Tony Eason | Mike Pitts | Leonard Smith | Willie Gault | Joey Browner | Gary Anderson | Gabriel Rivera | Gill Byrd | Jim Jeffcoat | Ken O'Brien | Dave Rimington | Don Mosebar | Dan Marino | Darrell Green

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Jim Kelly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (863 words)
Kelly was drafted by the Buffalo Bills out of the University of Miami, where he had played an important role in helping build the University of Miami into one of the nation's premier collegiate football programs.
Kelly devoted much of his post-football life to his son, Hunter, who was diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy (Krabbe disease) and died because of it on August 5, 2005 at the age of eight.
Kelly and his wife, Jill, founded the annual Hunter's Day of Hope, which is held every year on February 14, which is the birthday of both Jim and Hunter Kelly.
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