Jim KellyFormer NFL Quarterback and Hall of Fame Inductee
Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League. A five-time Pro Bowler, Mr. Kelly led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls from 1991 to 1994, although the team was not successful in their championship bids.
Mr. Kelly, also known as “Machine Gun Kelly,” was perhaps best known for running the Bills’ “No-Huddle Offense,” which was fast-paced and denied opposing defenses the opportunity to make timely substitutions, establishing the team as one of the NFL’s most successful and dangerous offenses. In 2001, he became the first Buffalo Bills player to have his number (12) officially retired and added to the Buffalo Bills “Wall of Fame,” and in 2002, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Mr. Kelly has dedicated much of his post-football life to the memory of his son, Hunter, who was diagnosed with Krabbe disease (Globoid-cell Leukodystrophy) at six months old and passed away in 2005 at the age of eight. Shortly after his retirement in 1997, he and his wife established Hunter’s Hope, an organization that raises funds to fight the disease, and the annual “Hunter’s Day of Hope,” which is held every year on February 14, the birthday of both Mr. Kelly and his son. Mr. Kelly’s advocacy on behalf of Krabbe disease patients has vastly increased national awareness of the disease. He was himself first diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw in 2013.