Jim Kelly

American football quarterback

James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960[1][2][3]) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and in the USFL for the Houston Gamblers. He played college football for the Miami Hurricanes. While Kelly was drafted by the Bills in 1983, he did not want to play for them at first, instead joining the Gamblers in the USFL. He was a star player for Houston until the USFL went out of business in 1986, after which he finally joined the Bills.

Jim Kelly
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Kelly in 2010
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Personal information
Born: (1960-02-14) February 14, 1960 (age 64)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:East Brady (PA)
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Career highlights and awards


  • 2× USFL All-League Team (1984, 1985)
  • USFL Most Valuable Player (1984)
  • USFL Rookie of the Year (1984)
  • USFL All-Time Team
Career NFL statistics
Passer rating:84.4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Kelly continued playing at a high level, helping the Bills become one of the NFL's best teams for some time. From 1990 to 1993, the Bills appeared in four straight Super Bowls with Kelly at quarterback. Though the Bills failed to win every time, they remain the only team in NFL history to make it to four or more Super Bowls as of 2019. Long after retiring in 1997, Kelly is still considered the greatest quarterback in Buffalo Bills team history by many people, as he still holds many passing records for the team.

References change

  1. Jim Kelly profile
  2. "Buffalo Bills website". Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  3. ESPN - Jim Kelly Stats, News, Photos - Buffalo Bills - NFL Football