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Jim Kelly

Hall of Fame Quarterback

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  Jim Kelly Profile

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kelly declined a scholarship offer from Penn State to play linebacker in favor of pursuing his career as a quarterback at the University of Miami. While playing for the Hurricanes, Kelly passed for 5,233 yards and 32 touchdowns, helping Miami restore itself as a premier collegiate football program. He was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 1992.

Kelly was selected as the third quarterback in the 1983 National Football League (NFL) draft by the Buffalo Bills, but opted to play for the United States Football League's (USFL) Houston Gamblers. In 1984, he was named USFL Player of the Year after passing for a league-record 5,219 yards and 44 touchdowns. Kelly began his career in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills in 1986 after the USFL disbanded.

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