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Congrats from Andre’s teammates & coach

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2014 – 8:06 pm

Here’s a rundown of some of the congratulations that Andre Reed received tonight for his selection as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 from his former teammates and coach all of whom are Hall of Famers themselves.

“What a thrilling evening it is,” said Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy. “How overwhelmed and proud I am of Andre. How deserving he was to now be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Great player, great individual, great team man. How fortunate I was that I can say that I got to coach Andre Reed. I wish him well, him and all his family. I know how exultant he has to feel.”

“Congratulations to my Hall of Fame brother Andre Reed. Class of 2014,” said Hall of Famer Bruce Smith.

“Andre Reed, yeah! It’s about time you got in,” said Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. “You deserved to be in a long time ago, but sometimes good things just have to wait. I love you man, we’re going to have some fun.”

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Andre Reed’s 951 catches by QB

Posted by Chris Brown on February 1, 2014 – 7:18 pm

To celebrate Andre Reed’s Hall of Fame selectionwe’ve decided to break down his 951 career receptions by the quarterbacks who threw to him.

Not surprisingly, Jim Kelly heads the list, but there are a host of other interesting names who threw to the Bills all-time leading receiver.

Jim Kelly                     665
Doug Flutie                 100
Todd Collins               58
Frank Reich                41
Bruce Mathison           28
Vince Ferragamo         20
Rob Johnson               15
Alex Van Pelt             11
Brad Johnson              7
Billy Joe Hobert          3
Jeff George                  3

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Polian’s Super Bowl lesson

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2014 – 12:40 pm

Appearing on the Mike & Mike show on ESPN Radio Friday, former Bills GM Bill Polian was asked about the importance of the preparation leading up to the Super Bowl game on Sunday. Polian said based on what he learned in preparation for the Bills third straight Super Bowl in Pasadena, the preparation doesn’t carry any weight.

“I found out through five Super Bowls that it doesn’t really mean anything,” Polian said. “We got blown out in the last three quarters against the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII. We made all kinds of preparations to make sure we did everything right. We took our team out of the downtown Los Angeles hotel to a hideaway hotel in Pasadena, which is absolutely the wrong thing to do. We went and worked out at the Rose Bowl and that was the wrong thing to do. After the game I sat down next to Marv Levy on the bus and we were both downcast and I said, ‘You know what the lesson is? Just win the game. Nothing else matters.’

“We were way too up tight. The one thing we didn’t anticipate and it was entirely my fault. Every time we met the press that week people asked, ‘What if you lose again? Will you be the greatest losers of all time?’

“So that coupled with taking the team away I really believe that it wasn’t our team that day. We played up tight which was not our style. We never did that. The last thing Jim Kelly ever did was play up tight. We also had a lot of bad breaks too, but that’s what happened when you get in one of those games. What it taught me after the fact is the Super Bowl is one game and you can’t control anything that happens so you just do the best job in preparation and roll with the punches.”

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Jim Kelly provides health update

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2014 – 10:14 am

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Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly will be the keynote speaker at the Paul Hornung Award Banquet next Tuesday in Louisville. Asked to speak by his former college coach Howard Schnellenberger, Kelly also participated in a Q&A with the Louisville Courier-Journal in advance of the event and provided an update on his health less than a year after being diagnosed with cancer in his jaw.

Kelly said he is in good shape health-wise at this point.

“So far so good,” Kelly said. “The cancer has not come back. In the last two years I’ve had major back surgery, neck surgery, double hernia surgery and four jaw surgeries. I feel like the Six Million Dollar Man and change.”

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EJ gets postgame hug from Jim Kelly

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2013 – 6:34 pm

EJ Manuel engineered an efficient 80-yard scoring drive in the waning moments throwing a two-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson with two seconds left to tie the game, with the extra point from Dan Carpenter lifting the Bills to a 24-23 win. Manuel’s exploits earned him a hug from Buffalo’s Hall of Fame quarterback.

Kelly was waiting in the tunnel of the stadium near the Bills locker room after the game and bear hugged Manuel.

“It was awesome,” said Kelly. “That’s momentous to get encouragement from someone like Jim (Kelly). To get texts from him during the week just asking how I’m doing, not necessarily worried about football, but just seeing how I’m doing mentally and how I’m handling everything week in and week out. That’s huge. To see him after the game I gave him a big hug and he was really proud of me.”

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Kent Hull trophy to honor Miss. lineman

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2013 – 9:28 am

Bills Wall of Famer Kent Hull was a lot of things to a lot of people. To many he was a teammate, a leader and a friend. Now his memory will be honored with the Kent Hull trophy.

Each fall the Hull Trophy will go to the Mississippi college offensive lineman who most displays those traits that enabled Hull to play in three Pro Bowls, four Super Bowls and become one of the most respected linemen and leaders in the NFL. That according to the Hattiesburg American.

The trophy — a bronzed replica of Hull at work — will be presented each year at the C-Spire Conerly Trophy Banquet. Money to fund and perpetuate the award is being raised at ‘A Tribute to Kent Hull Banquet’ on Sept. 24.

Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

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Kelly gives QB nod to Kolb

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 19, 2013 – 10:15 am

A week and a half before training camp, Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly says if he had to pick the Bills starting QB for this year, he’d go with the veteran.

Kelly weighed in on the quarterback battle between veteran Kevin Kolb and first round draft pick EJ Manuel Thursday night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.

“I’ve been to a couple of practices,” Kelly said. “If I had to give a nod, I really would look more towards Kevin Kolb right now. And the reason I say that is, he’s a veteran. He’s been through it. He knows what to look at.”

“When EJ Manuel, when he gets it, when it starts clicking with him, and the more I saw him, the more people I talk to, it’s starting to click more and more,” Kelly told host John Murphy. “He’s such a great athlete, he’s got such a strong arm, and he’s got such good football sense, which is why they drafted him.”

Kelly says no matter who wins the starting QB job at training camp, the Bills figure to be better off at the position than they have been in recent years.

“Right now, it will be interesting to see how this training camp pans out. Both of them had great minicamps, they both did very good jobs. The whole coaching staff looked at them, and that was one position they might not have to worry about as much as they have in the past.”

Kelly is preparing for a one day youth football clinic at St John Fisher College in Rochester next Tuesday, July 23rd. Information on the clinic is available here.

The entire radio interview with Jim Kelly is available here.

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Jim Kelly-“I’m slowly getting better”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 19, 2013 – 9:12 am

It has only been six weeks since Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly underwent extensive surgery on his mouth and jaw to remove a cancerous tumor. But the always resilient QB is on the comeback road.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, Kelly says his recovery continues, although not quite as quickly as he would like.

“I’m getting better,” Kelly said on the radio show. “I’m not a very patient person and the patience has been running out for a couple of weeks now, just wondering when the pain’s going to subside. I am getting better, slowly but surely, it will all come to a head where I’ll be fine and get back to normal. But they had to do a lot.”

Kelly announced at his football camp three weeks ago that he is cancer free and will not require immediate chemotherapy or radiation. And he’s looking forward to a checkup in a couple of weeks.

“I’ve heard so many horror stories about chemo and radiation, and some of the things other people have gone through. I send my prayers out to them every night,” he told host John Murphy.

” We have to continue to listen to what my dentist says and what my doctors say, and do the right thing. In about two weeks, I go for my first CT scan to make sure none of the cancer has come back. I’m very blessed.”

Kelly will be on hand for a one day youth football clinic at St John Fisher College in Rochester next Tuesday, July 23rd. Information about the clinic is available here.

The entire radio interview with Jim Kelly is available here.

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Kelly sees Patriots as vulnerable

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm

Eager to see the Bills succeed much like they did when he was their quarterback, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly in an appearance on NFL AM on NFL Network shared his opinion on how vulnerable the Patriots are with all that they’ve lost from their high-powered offense this offseason.

“They’re very vulnerable,” Kelly said. “From the standpoint of Tom Brady if you look at what he’s lost with your number one player Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. Losing Welker is like for me when I was playing, losing Andre Reed. A guy you depend on not just week in and week out, but in clutch situations you always looked toward your number one target. Mine was always Andre Reed and when you lose a Wes Welker that’s going to hurt. There’s no doubt they have to feel something being without your four or five top receivers.”

New England lost top receiver Welker to Denver, they released Lloyd (2nd in receiving), Rob Gronkowski (3rd) is coming off back surgery and is a question mark for the start of the regular season, Hernandez (4th) is in jail and Danny Woodhead (5th) signed with San Diego.

Still, Kelly is confident New England’s head coach will devise ways around the offense’s personnel shortcomings.

“I’m sure Bill Belichick will find a way,” said Kelly. “He’s probably already got something up his sleeve. But I don’t really feel too sorry for them. I don’t really feel too sorry for them because sooner or later the Bills have got to rise to the top and if we have to take it that way, oh well.”


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Kelly weighs in on Bills QB competition

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 11:20 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone has labeled the quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb and EJ Manuel a virtual dead heat going into training camp. Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly was asked to weigh in on the competition in his Thursday morning appearance on the NFL Network.

“Both are throwing the ball very, very well,” said Kelly, who attended a few of the spring practices. “I think Kevin Kolb might be a little bit ahead because of the mental approach. He’s been in the league for a number of years. EJ Manuel is a very smart, bright guy. He has the athletic ability that maybe Kolb might not have. I’d say the early pick would probably be Kevin Kolb at this time, but they picked EJ Manuel for a reason. That’s for the future. It’s good that we have two guys that can hopefully take over and lead this team back to the playoffs.”

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Jim Kelly taking “special medicine”

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 10:36 am

Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly appeared on NFL AM on NFL Network this morning and provided an update on his recent bout with cancer and his 26th annual football camp.

Kelly said he’s taking medication where his stitches are located from his June 7th surgery to remove half of his upper jaw that was stricken with cancer.

“The pain is still there,” said Kelly. “I’m taking special medicine for my upper jaw where all the stitches are still in and watching my diet and the things I’m eating and drinking.”

Kelly detailed how the antibiotics he was taking for what was initially presumed to be an infection did not work.

“I knew something was different with the pain I was having in my jaw,” said Kelly. “I went through six antibiotics before I knew I had cancer. But I’ve been very blessed. Now no cancer and have a CT scan every two months to check on it and pray that it doesn’t come back.”


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Diet restrictions leave Kelly lighter

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2013 – 11:19 am

One of the minor benefits from Jim Kelly’s cancer surgery is a stringent list of restrictions with respect to diet. After announcing Monday that he was cancer free, Kelly explained that by having most of his teeth removed, the Hall of Fame quarterback’s diet has been severely limited. That’s led to a loss of weight, which Kelly was happy about knowing he had to drop some weight anyway.

“I’ve lost 14 pounds, which is good,” Kelly said. “I need to lose about 10 or 15 more. I cannot eat any solid foods like steaks or chicken or anything hard that I have to bite on because I did have most of my teeth removed in the front and in the back. So it’s
mostly soft foods. No nuts or anything hard that I have to chew on a lot. But it doesn’t bother me because I need to lose weight. I can think of other ways to lose that’s better than this, but I feel pretty good.”

Kelly called the soreness from surgery, which he’s still experiencing now as constant and worse than anything he endured as a football player or in his three most recent surgeries (back, neck, hernia). But he also understands it’s a part of the recovery process.

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Checkup schedule for Jim Kelly

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2013 – 11:14 am

Part of the recovery process from cancer surgery are frequent follow-ups to make sure the cancer has not returned. Here’s how Kelly’s schedule will proceed from here, after announcing Monday he was cancer free following his June 7th surgery.

“I have to go back every two months and have a CAT scan done to make sure nothing comes back,” he said. “Right now I feel pretty good. It’s very sore, but that’s just part of it.”

Kelly will also have blood work done at those checkups as the monitoring process will be frequent by the oncologists.

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Kelly glad to avoid chemotherapy

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2013 – 10:12 am

Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly is one tough bird, but even he was hoping to avoid chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in his jaw.

The 53-year old Kelly said he was hoping to avoid chemotherapy at the time he announced he had cancer back on June 3rd. So to find out last week that he’d be able to do so was big for him.

“Big time relief. Trust me, prayers definitely have a big part in it, not just from my family, but all across the country. I’ve received so many letters and emails from people that have had similar circumstances as I did and some of them were not very good and some of them were very good. You’re encouraged on one hand and discouraged on the other. To find out where they’ve been and the prognosis of where I’m going I’m very excited. I’m happy.”

Kelly announced Monday that he was cancer free following surgery as he opened his annual football camp at One Bills Drive. And that means he’ll be able to avoid chemotherapy, something he was hoping for all along.

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Jim Kelly is cancer free

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2013 – 10:08 am

Good news as Jim Kelly kicked off his annual football camp at One Bills Drive. The Hall of Fame quarterback is cancer free following surgery June 7th to remove part of his jaw bone that contained the cancer.

“It’s a long process, but I found out great news on Wednesday,” Kelly said. “I don’t have to go through radiation treatment and chemo, which is a blessing. From what I’ve been told everything that they did in surgery that if I had to do radiation or chemo it would put me way back.”

With the doctors at ECMC getting all the cancer removed during surgery Kelly will not need to undergo any radiation treatment at this time. He’ll continue to get checkups periodically as a precaution.

Kelly announced that he had cancer back on June 3rd.

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Jim Kelly Camp scholarship winners

Posted by on June 20, 2013 – 4:08 pm


Congratulations to the following recipients of a Jim Kelly Camp scholarship.

Grayson Z. from Ontario, NY
Cody G. from Andover, NY
Drew L. from Rome, NY
Sam C. from Raleigh, NC
Brett P. from Falconer, NY
Alexander F. from Alden, NY
Nicholas K. from Alden, NY
Michael S. from East Aurora, NY
Austin L. from Buffalo, NY
Hunter D. from Cheektowaga, NY

The 26th annual camp is June 23rd through June 27th at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Participants must be between the ages of 8 – 18.  This non-contact camp has staff of carefully-assembled instructors and current Bills players.

Limited spots are still available. For more information or to register your child, click here.

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Jim Kelly resting comfortably post surgery

Posted by Chris Brown on June 7, 2013 – 12:20 pm

Good news out of ECMC today (Friday) as the hospital in a statement said Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly had successful surgery and is resting comfortably.

Here’s the statement from ECMC, which also stated that they anticipate a “speedy recovery.” Certainly good news for the Hall of Famer.

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Polian’s outlook for 2013 Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2013 – 10:56 am

Bills former GM and current ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian was asked for his outlook on the 2013 Bills lead by new head coach Doug Marrone. Here was his synopsis, which included a reference to top draft choice EJ Manuel.

“I’ve said numerous times before that Doug Marrone is a great coach. I think he proved that at Syracuse,” Polian said. “I know he’s got a plan for how to proceed. I know he’ll get the players attention and respect. I’m sure he’s got that already. He’s decisive, he’s tough, he’s hard-nosed. He knows how to play. He’s got a great track record not only in college football, but in the NFL. The truth is we both went to the same high school so I’m not neutral  when it comes to him. I’m proud of what he’s achieved.

“That is the first step in the right direction. They’ve got a coach who knows how to win and plans to win. The rest of it now is putting the pieces in place. They’ve got to get better play from the quarterback position. That’s no secret. Buddy (Nix) said that quite clearly. But in the young man that they have he’s got a world of talent, perhaps the most since they drafted Jim (Kelly). I don’t want for one minute to compare him to Jim, that’s not fair to him. The fact is that he’s got some growing to do and I think he’ll go through some growing pains so fans need to be patient with that. But I do think that the future is bright and some good pieces are in place.”

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Marrone comments on Kelly diagnosis

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2013 – 4:57 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone did speak with Jim Kelly at his golf tournament gala Sunday night and was made aware of his condition. He commented on Kelly’s situation while making his first visit to the St. John Fisher campus in Pittsford in preparation for training camp.

“Cancer in whatever form it may be really affects all of us in some way,” said Marrone. “We can all reach out and we can all feel it. I saw Jim Sunday night and he was in good spirits and the people around him were very supportive. I think for myself and the organization obviously our prayers go out to Jim and his family and everyone who is touched by this disease.

“It’s tough. I just went through it, my wife and family with someone, a young girl. To hear it happen to Jim, it just makes you think and makes you realize. You just do the best you can with your prayers and wish his family the best and for a speedy recovery.”

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Kelly discussing cancer fundraising

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2013 – 4:48 pm

It’s only been a couple of weeks that Jim Kelly and his family has known definitively that he has cancer, but in making his diagnosis public Monday, Kelly is already considering a fundraising effort to fight the disease.

Already a champion for a countless number of children’s causes including his own Hunter’s Hope Foundation named after his late son, Kelly sounds prepared to explore organizing fundraising efforts for cancer awareness, prevention and most importantly a cure.

“We have done so many things to make a difference for so many people, whether it’s kids… I know I’ve already talked to (Bills VP of Communications) Scott (Berchtold) to see if we can set something up to help kids with cancer,” said Kelly. “I know with my son’s foundation I’ve got my hands full with what we’re doing there, but if what’s happened to me can help other kids down the road can bring more awareness to certain types of cancer then we’ll do that. Everybody understands that that’s something the whole country and around the world is trying to kick and that’s cancer.”

“I would say we’ll have maybe two benefits. One for the Kelly for Kids of Western New York and maybe have to come back twice a year, one for a golf tournament for the Cancer Society or whatever he chooses,” said Phil Hansen.

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