Jim Kelly all smiles at football camp for kids

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Just days after surgery, former Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly was back in Buffalo, taking the field for his annual football camp. 

“It’s my life,” said Kelly. “This is why I do it, I love it.”

Monday at One Bills Drive, six hundred campers, staff members and Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly took the field for the 31stAnnual Jim Kelly Football Camp.

“I do it because my heart’s in it,” said Kelly. “I love kids, I have two daughters who I love dearly. I wish they played football. I’m just kidding,” Kelly joked.

Kelly said even after having surgery on Friday, there was no doubt in his mind that he’d be in Buffalo for the start of camp bright and early. He joked that all he needed were some more teeth so he could fully smile for everyone. 

“I’ve always wanted to have my own football camp and now I have it,” reflected the Hall-Of-Famer. “I hope I’m around for the 50thanniversary. It’s fun, you’ll see me having a lot of fun.”

Kelly stresses an important message to all the campers each year.

“Be proud of your name,” said Kelly. “I remember when I left my home, one of the first tings my Dad always said to me was to be proud of where you came from, and to be proud of your name.” 

Year after year, Kelly has seen the results of his message first hand.

“You see the parents coming back and they’re telling you their kid learned this, their kid learned to say thanks,” reflected Kelly. “They get up in the morning, they do their exercises, they do things. It’s like they really listened. You hope they take what they learned from here and take it home and to school with them.”  

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