Because of his uncle’s legendary status in the area, Kelly wasn’t just any junior quarterback. He was going to be in the spotlight whether he liked it or not. But as Gilbert told him: “Your uncle, he’s a great guy. He’s a hero around here. He’s a Hall of Famer. But you’re not him.”
Which is true. Jim Kelly never ran a 4.5 in the 40.
“He’s got the athletic ability that freaks me out sometimes,” says Jim, who was the prototypical pocket passer. “That’s something that I never had.”