Pro Football Hall of Fame
Widely regarded as one of the great NFL quarterbacks of his time, Jim Kelly has also distinguished himself off the field with his diverse activity. Most recently, Kelly hosted a weekly local radio program in Western New York called “Under The Helmet With Jim Kelly”, in which he provided professional feedback on football.
Following his stellar 11-year NFL career with the Buffalo Bills, Kelly served as a game analyst for both NBC Sports and ESPN. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in his first year of eligibility.
As quarterback of the Bills, Kelly led the team to four consecutive Super Bowls in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993. He also won five AFC East division championships. In his 11 seasons with Buffalo, Kelly led them to the Playoffs eight times.
Kelly was named to the Pro Bowl four times (1987, 1990, 1991 and 1992) and was named the game’s MVP in 1990. He finished with the 21st most passing yards in NFL history with 35,467 and is tied for 23rd for most completions in the history of the league.
The Pittsburgh, PA native holds all major franchise records for the Buffalo Bills and his #12 jersey was retired by the organization in 2001.
In 1983, Kelly was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the NFL Draft, but signed with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. He was named USFL MVP in 1984, setting league records with 5,219 yards and 44 touchdowns. Kelly was later named to the USFL All-Time Team.
Kelly played his collegiate career at the University of Miami, where he was a Heisman Trophy candidate. His splendid career was rewarded with a selection into the University of Miami’s Hall of Fame in 1992. Additionally, in 2008, he was inducted into the Miami Hurricanes “Ring of Honor” at Dolphin Stadium.
In memory of his son who was diagnosed with an inherited fatal nervous disease, Kelly established a non-profit organization in 1997 called Hunter’s Hope. The organization increases national awareness and provides funding for the treatment of Krabbe disease, an inherited fatal nervous system disease.
In 1987, Kelly founded the Kelly For Kids Foundation committed to providing funding and support to children’s charities throughout Western New York.
Kelly is also the author of two books – The Playbook For Dads: Parenting Your Kids In The Game of Life (2012) and Armed & Dangerous (1992).
Kelly and his wife Jill reside in East Aurora, New York with daughters Erin and Camryn.