Born: February 14, 1960, Pittsburgh, PA
Height: 6-03 Weight:
College: University of Miami-Florida
Acquired: Signed as a free agent in 1983
(1984 season) 1984 USFL Most Valuable Player... First team All-USFL by league's sportswriters and broadcasters, and by
College and Pro Football Newsweekly... All-USFL quarterback and Most Valuable Player by College and Pro Football Newsweekly...
All-USFL quarterback by Pro Football Weekly... Associated Press USFL MVP... All-USFL Rookie Team quarterback by Pro Football
Weekly... Sporting News USFL Rookie of the Year... Miller Lite Most Valuable Player... Three-time USFL Player of the Week
in 1984... One of eight Gamblers to start all 18 regular season games in 1984... Set USFL recordd for most yards passing in
a season with 5,219, most TD passes in a season with 44, and tied the league record for TD passes in a game with five... 5,219
is the second highest passing yardage total in pro football history, and the most ever by a rookie quarterback... Had nine
300-yard passing games in 1984... Threw at least one touchdown pass in every regular season game... Had 37 completions in
a game against the L.A. Express, a USFL single game record... After one season, Kelly is the USFL career passing leader with
a 98.2 rating... Was the Gamblers' third-leading rusher, behind Todd Fowler and Sam Harrell... Sacked a league record
75 times in 1984.
First-round draft choice (12th player selected) of the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL draft.
College Bio: Had brilliant four-year career at Miami (1978-1982) under tutelage of Howard Schnellenberger and Earl
Morrall... Redshirted his freshman year... Set many career and single season records at UM... Holds career records for most
passes completed (376), passing yardage (5,228), touchdown passes (31) and total offense (5,352)... Single season records
include yards passing (2,403 in 1981), TD passes (14 in 1981) and completion percentage (58.8 percent in 1981)... Quarterbacked
Miami to back to back 9-3 and 9-2 seasons (1980-1981)... On six consecutive ABC TV appearances he was named Chevrolet Player
of the Game... Led Miami to new total offense records in both 1980 and 1981... Earned Associated Press and Sporting News All-America
Honorable Mention honors in 1981... Competed in the 1981 Peach Bowl.
Personal: Started playing football at the
age of eight... Graduated from East Brady High School (class of 75 students)... Competed in local punt, pass and kick competitions
and advanced to the semi-finals in San Diego... Played quarterback, defensive back, punted and kicked-off for East Brady High
as they won two consecutive state championships... Career stats in high school include 233 completions for a 67 percent average,
44 TD passes and 3,915 career yards... Also competed in basketball at East Brady... First person in school history to score
1,000 points and become the MVP in both football and basketball... One of six brothers... Brother Pat played for Baltimore,
Detroit and Birmingham of the WFL... Majored in business management and marketing at Miami.