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The Official Site of
Hall of Fame Quarterback
Jim Kelly

Hall of Fame

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2002

FIRST-BALLOT HALL OF FAMERS

 Jim is only the 8th quarterback in the history of the NFL to be selected for enshrinement on his first try - joining an elite list of super-star signal callers.


Hugh McElhenny 1970

Jim Brown 1971

Gino Marchetti 1972

Ollie Matson 1972

Raymond Berry 1973

Jim Parker 1973

Forrest Gregg 1977

Gale Sayers 1977

Bart Starr 1977

Lance Alworth 1978

Ray Nitschke 1978

Larry Wilson 1978

Dick Butkus 1979

Johnny Unitas 1979

Deacon Jones 1980

Bob Lily 1980

George Blanda 1981

Merlin Olsen 1982

Paul Warfield 1983

Willie Brown 1984

O.J. Simpson 1985

Roger Staubach 1985

Ken Houston 1986

Joe Green 1987

Jim Langer 1987

Gene Upshaw 1987

Jack Ham 1988

Mel Blount 1989

Terry Bradshaw 1989

Franco Harris 1990

Jack Lambert 1990

Tom Landry 1990

Earl Campbell 1991

John Hannah 1991

Jan Stenerud 1991

Dan Fouts 1993

Chuck Noll 1993

Walter Payton 1993

Tony Dorsett 1994

Randy White 1994

Steve Largent 1995

Don Shula 1997

Anthony Muñoz 1998

Mike Singletary 1998

Eric Dickerson 1999

Lawrence Taylor 1999

Ronnie Lott 2000

Joe Montana 2000

Jackie Slater 2001

Jim Kelly 2002

Marcus Allen 2003

John Elway 2004

Barry Sanders 2004

Dan Marino 2005

Steve Young 2005

Troy Aikman 2006

Reggie White 2006

Warren Moon 2006

Bruce Matthews 2007

Darrel Green 2008

Bruce Smith 2009

Rod Woodson 2009

Emmitt Smith 2010

Jerry Rice 2010

Deion Sanders 2011

Marshall Faulk 2011


From comparisons to other QB's previously enshrined in the Hall, to Buffalo Bills Career Records to top NFL rankings, Jim's accomplishments speak for themselves.


The only player in NFL history to quarterback his team to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances


Third of six quarterbacks drafted in legendary 1983 draft

 Five Pro Bowl Selections, including Pro Bowl MVP Award in 1990 

 Fifth-fastest quarterback to reach 30,000 yards passing 

 Was the 500th player ever drafted by the Buffalo Bills 

 His career passing rating of 84.4 is the sixth highest in NFL history


 Only one of five quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for at least 3,000 yards in eight seasons


 Registered a 101-59 regular season and 9-8 postpostseason record as a starter


 Led the Bills to 13 comebacks in the final 2 minutes of the game and 23 comebacks in the fourth quarter


 Named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week 10 times, more than any other Buffalo player


 Jim Kelly-to-Andre Reed combination ranks fourth all-time with 65 touchdowns 


NFL Pro Bowls

 1987 - Played in pro Bowl 

 1988 - Named to Play; replaced due to injury 

 1990 - Played in Pro Bowl 

 1991 - Played in Pro Bowl 

 1992 - Named to Play; replaced due to injury


When it came to exciting finishes, no other Buffalo Bill QB can compare to what Jim did with the 2-minute drill. Bills fans grew accustomed to always knowing it was never over with Kelly at the helm.


KELLY COMEBACKS

 Jim led the Bills to 13 comebacks in the final 2 minutes of the game and 23 comebacks in the fourth quarter...


All-Time National Football League Rankings:

 Passing Attempts: Ranks 13th in NFL history with 4,779 

 Passes Completed: Ranks 8th in NFL history with 2,874 

 Passing Yards: Ranks 10th in NFL history with 35,467 

 TD Passes: Ranks 12th in NFL history with 237 


All-Time National Football League Postseason Rankings:

 Passing Attempts: 2nd behind Joe Montana (734) w/ 545 

 Pass Completions: 2nd behind Joe Montana (460) w/ 322 

 Yards Passing: 2nd behind Joe Montana (5,772) w/ 3,863 

 TD Passes: Sixth place (tied) for most (21) 


Buffalo Bills Career Records

 Passing Attempts: All-time leader with 4,779 

 Passes Completed: All-time leader with 2,874 

 Yards Passing: All-time leader with 35,467 

 300-yard Passing Games: All-time leader with 26) 

 TD Passes: All-time leader with 237 

 Passing Percentage: All-time leader with 60.14%


Consecutive Games with at least one TD pass:

 All-time leader with 18 (11/2/86 at Tampa Bay to 12/14/87 at Indianapolis) 


 Lowest INT percentage: 2nd to Frank Reich (3.18%) with 3.66%


 Games Played: Eighth in team history with 177


Buffalo Bills Single-Game Records

 TD Passes: 1st with 6 vs. Pittsburgh, 9/8/91 

 Passing Attempts: 2nd to Joe Ferguson (55) with 52 at Raiders, 12/8/91 

 Passes Completed: 2nd to Joe Ferguson (38) with 33 at Raiders, 12/8/91 

 Yards Passing: 3rd to Drew Bledsoe (463) with 403 at San Francisco, 9/13/92


Buffalo Bills Single-Season Records

 Completion Percentage: 1st with 64.14% in 1991 

 Pass Completions: 1st with 304 in 1991 

 Yards Passing: 1st with 3,844 in 1991 

 TD passes: 1st with 33 in 1991


INT percentage:

 2nd behind Joe Ferguson (0.66%) with 2.60% in 1990 (minimum of 100 attempts)


 Passing Attempts: 3rd behind Joe Ferguson (508 and 498) with 480 in 1986