Toughness, Family and Teamwork
Jim has experienced many ups and downs throughout his career and personal life. It is his belief during these difficult times; it takes both family and teamwork to face and overcome these obstacles. What matters most is how you handle the situation and what you do about it. How can you learn and grow from these experiences and become a stronger person. Jim’s story is one of “Perseverance”.
Having a Special Needs Child
Jim Kelly has persevered through many ups and downs throughout his life, but nothing would compare to the news he would receive that is only son who was born on Valentine’s Day - daddy’s birthday; was diagnosed with a fatal disease. Jim speaks about the challenges of having and losing a special needs child and how it continues to change his life daily. Jim’s story is one of “Perseverance”.
Jim Kelly was the quarterback for the Buffalo Bills from 1986-1996. In addition to four Super Bowl appearances (XXV-XXVIII), Jim holds every major Bills passing record and has thrown for over 35,000 passing yards and 237 touchdowns. He led the bills to four consecutive AFC Championships from 1990-1993 and guided the team to six AFC East Championships between 1988-1995. Jim and the Bills Wide Receiver, Andre Reed, are the third most potent passing duo in NFL history with 65 touchdown connections.
In addition to Jim's football career, he has also become a popular figure in the world of sports broadcasting. Jim joined ESP's NFL Countdown pregame show in May 1998. He had previously been an NFL game analyst for NBC Sports during the 1997-1998 season. Bills Sneak Preview with Jim Kelly has aired in Buffalo and Rochester on the NBC affiliates since 1987. Similarly, the Jim Kelly Radio Show has aired each season in the area since 1987.
In 1987, he established the Kelly for Kids Foundation (KFK), which has raised over one million dollars for children's charities in Western New York. Every summer since 1988, Jim and his NFL colleagues have taught leadership, sportsmanship, responsibility and the fundamentals of football to young athletes at the Jim Kelly Football Camp.