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Kelly colorfully celebrates 25th tourney

Posted Jun 6, 2011


The annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic saw many famous celebrities at Terry Hills Golf Club in Batavia Monday.

All of the golfers were given some “colorful” golfing pants and Kelly led the way with an Irish concoction of green, lime green and white.

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the tournament that raises funds for his "Kelly for Kids Foundation." The Foundation helps disadvantaged and disabled youth in Western New York.

“I never thought this would get to 25 years to be honest with you,” he said. ”As long as they keep coming out we’ll go up to 30 (years) and see how far it goes taking it one year at a time from there.”

Some of the Bills Alumni that were in attendance included; Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Joe DeLamielleure, Mark Kelso, Chris Mohr, Marcellus Wiley, Steve Tasker, Fred Smerlas, Charlie Ferguson, Booker Edgerson, Jeff Nixon, Will Wolford, Don Beebe, Darryl Talley, Shane Conlan, Cornelius Bennett, Ruben Brown, Andre Reed, John Kidd, Kurt Schulz, Jim Ritcher, Butch Rolle, John Davis and Ed Rutkowski.

Current Bills players seen at the event were; Brian Brohm, Eric Wood, Geoff Hangartner, Jehuu Caulcrick, Andy Levitre and Garrison Sanborn.

A slew of other former and current players and celebrities supporting Kelly’s Foundation; Actors Jamie Farr, Dennis Haskins, Chris McDonald, Chad Michael Murray, Tom Hallick and Kevin Chapman, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, former Cowboys defensive end Ed “Too Tall” Jones, former Dolphins running back Tony Nathan, ESPN’s Chris Berman, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, NASCAR driver Randy LaJoie, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, former world champion wrestler Bill Goldberg, former Saints quarterback Archie Manning, U.S. Olympic gold medal winner bobsledder Steve Mesler, former NBA’er Gus Williams, former Sabre Rob Ray, Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle, Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, former Redskins linebacker Lavarr Arrington, Colts President Bill Polian, wrestler Brian Knobbs from the “Nasty Boys,” Bills coaches Dave Wannstedt, Bruce DeHaven and Daryl Daye, former NFL player Steve DeOssie, Sabres broadcaster Harry Neale.

For more information on the “Kelly for Kids Foundation,” visit kellyforkids.com.