Throwback Thursday - Jim Kelly

If you’re a fan of the no huddle offenses used by Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, then you can thank former Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly.


The Kelly-led Buffalo Bills of the late 1980s and early 1990s were high-powered offensive machines. Called the "K-Gun" offense for its no-huddle shotgun formations, Jim Kelly's offense became one of the greatest NFL scoring juggernauts of all-time.


The Buffalo Bills selected Jim Kelly with the 14th pick of the 1983 NFL Draft. This draft has been hailed as one of the all-time great quarterback drafts in NFL history, with  six quarterbacks taken in the first round. Joining Kelly that year were Denver Bronco John Elway and Miami Dolphin Dan Marino, all three future Hall of Fame inductees.


Kelly’s career will always be known for his leading the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls, from 1991 to 1994.  It will also be remembered for the fact that the Bills lost each of those games.


Kelly's jersey number 12 is the only number ever retired in Buffalo Bills' history. He finished his 11 NFL seasons with 2,874 completions in 4,779 attempts, for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns - all of which are Buffalo Bill franchise records.


Jim Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in his first year of eligibility.


What else was going on in 2002?


The New England Patriots defeated the Rams 20–17 in Super Bowl XXXVI thanks to Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired.


The top video game was The Sims.


The three most searched-for singers on Google were EminemShakira and Madonna.


The top TV show was The Simpsons.


A Beautiful Mind was the winner of the Oscar for Best Picture.



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