Buffalo Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s decorated career will be featured in the latest round of NFL Media’s A Football Life documentary series. The program is slated to air on the NFL Network at 9 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Nov. 3, but programming is subject to change.
Kelly, who starred for the Bills from 1986-96, led the team to unprecedented highs, including four straight Super Bowls from 1990-94. He becomes the third member of the Bills to be profiled in the series, joining Doug Flutie and Terrell Owens.
Kelly’s career earned him five Pro Bowl appearances and three All-Pro honors. His number 12 jersey was retired by Buffalo in 2001. Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, one year after earning a spot on the Bills Wall of Fame.
Drafted out of the University of Miami as the 14th overall pick in the quarterback-rich Class of 1983, Kelly’s prolific career saw him pass for 35,467 yards with 2,874 completions, 237 passing touchdowns, a 60.1 completion percentage, and a career record of 101-59. He still holds franchise records for career passing yards, touchdowns, completions, and wins.
At the time of his retirement, Kelly ranked eighth in NFL history in completions, 10th in career passing yards, and was 13th in passing touchdowns. During the 1991 campaign, Kelly re-wrote the franchise record book for pass completions (304), passing yards (3,844), and passing touchdowns (33) in a season.
Season 7 of A Football Life will also profile the careers of Larry Fitzgerald, Eddie George, Joe Gibbs, Jerry Jones, John Madden, Dan Marino, Sam Mills, John Randle, Emmitt Smith, Wes Welker, Aeneas Williams, and the wide receiver tandem of Lynn Swann and John Stallworth.
Kelly’s documentary is set to air one day after the Bills travel to play the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football, their only primetime appearance of 2017.