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Pro Football Hall of Famers

Jim Kelly
UM Quarterback (1979-82)
Inducted in 2002

The East Brady, Pa., native was one of the key players in the rejuvenation of the University of Miami football program…engineered milestone victories over Penn State (1979, 1981) and Notre Dame (1981), along with UM’s 1980 Peach Bowl win over Virginia Tech…played in the NFL from 1986 to 1996 with the Buffalo Bills after three seasons with the USFL’s Houston Gamblers (1983-85)…selected by the Bills in the first round (14th player overall) of the 1983 NFL draft…joined the Bills in 1986…became the fourth-fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 30,000 yards passing…passed for more than 3,000 yards in a season eight times…mastered the no-huddle offense that became a Bills’ trademark…led Buffalo to an unprecedented four straight Super Bowl appearances…at the time of his retirement, his 84.4 passer rating ranked sixth all-time, his 35,467 career passing yards ranked 10th, his 2,874 completions ranked eighth, and his 237 touchdowns ranked 13th…led the NFL in passing in 1990, posting a 101.2 passer rating, only the fifth quarterback to maintain a rating over 100…led the AFC in passing in 1991…named to five Pro Bowls…All-Pro in 1991, All-Pro second team in 1990 and 1992…Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly celebrates the Bills first touchdown against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa on Jan. 27, 1991. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)