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Author: Jon Kuzma
Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is celebrating his 57th birthday today and what a career Kelly had for the Bills. Kelly took Buffalo to 4 straight Super Bowls during the Marv Levy era but they actually lost all of those games. Still Kelly’s excellence can’t be denied, Kelly threw for 35,467 yards, and 237 touchdowns over the course of his career. He was a member of the Buffalo Bills for 11 seasons and also played for 2 years in the United States Football League for the Houston Gamblers. Before his professional career Kelly attended the University of Miami and was part of 2 9 win Hurricane teams. Jim Kelly was actually reluctant to go to Buffalo after being drafted by the Bills. He instead spent 2 seasons in Houston playing for the Houston Gamblers of the USFL like mentioned above. During his time in Houston Jim Kelly managed to win 23 football games. So it was definitely tough for Kelly to leave that situation and go to the Bills who traditionally struggled. When Kelly finally made the jump to the NFL, the Bills went 4-12 in their first year with Kelly on their roster. It wasn’t until 1988 and Kelly’s 3rd year that the team had a winning season. That eventually led up to the 1990-1993 Super Bowl appearances and Buffalo was flat a good football team in the early 90’s. Jim Kelly was eventually inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. The number 12 jersey is also retired by the Buffalo Bills to honor Kelly’s achievements with the franchise. After football Kelly faced struggles with his health. Kelly was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 however he actually beat the disease twice. Today Jim Kelly is still loved by the fans of Buffalo and football fans all around the world. He has also been a huge advocate of charities and different medical research. So it’s clear Jim Kelly was good man on and off the field and we wish him a happy birthday.
Charity of the day: Marine Mammal Center
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