Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Selected to four Pro Bowls: 1987, 1990-1992.
Led the Bills to an unprecedented four straight Super Bowls from 1990-1993.
Passed for more than 3,000 yards eight times.
A strong-armed passer with a "linebacker's mentality," Kelly virtually rewrote the Bills' record book for quarterbacks. Only three players in NFL history had reached the 30,000-yard career passing mark faster. Eight times during his NFL career he passed for more than 3,000 yards in a season, and 26 times he passed for more than 300 yards in a game.
With Kelly and teammates Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed, the Bills possessed a highly potent offense during the 1990s. Kelly's quick decisiveness and fast paced "no-huddle" offense terrorized opposing defenses. In 11 seasons in Buffalo, Kelly led the Bills to the playoffs eight times.
In 17 playoff game appearances, including four consecutive Super Bowls, he passed for 3,863 yards and 21 touchdowns. At the time of his retirement, his 84.4 passer rating ranked sixth all-time and was second when compared to Hall of Fame quarterbacks. His 35,467 career passing yards ranked tenth in NFL history; his 2,874 completions ranked eighth; and his 237 touchdowns ranked thirteenth.