Reed was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, who spent 15 of his 16 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Reed was a cornerstone of Bills teams that made four consecutive Super Bowl appearances and lost them all in the early 1990s.
It was Reed, the former receiver, who stole the spotlight by closing his induction speech with a poignant surprise.
Turning his back to the crowd, Reed caught a pass from Kelly before sharing a lengthy hug with his former teammate and now fellow Hall of Famer.
It was a fitting finish for a tandem that set a then-NFL record by hooking up 663 times in Buffalo.
And it was a moment that paid homage to the quarterback, who has spent the past 14 months battling cancer.
Kelly was near tears, and the thousands of Bills fans in the crowd cheered.
Reed helped revolutionize the slot receiver position by playing in the so-called ''K-Gun'' no-huddle offense. Reed's 13,198 yards receiving ranked fourth when he retired following the 2000 season.
He was introduced by former Bills coach, Hall of Famer Marv Levy.
The seven-member Hall of Fame class is rounded out by defensive end Michael Strahan, offensive tackle Walter Jones, linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive back Aeneas Williams, punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey.