Jim Kelly is a renowned player of that game which can stop the breath of fans when it is in full swing. Yes, he is a footballer, a quarterback. Today, he is retired but he holds a successful career. He was a professional player for almost 12-13 years and over these years, he gained a massive success in terms of achievements and earnings. Here are the complete details about him. What he is doing now and what is his net worth in 2019.
Born as Jim Edward Kelly on February 1960 in Pittsburg, East Brady, Pennsylvania, Jim Kelly is a former American football quarterback. He played for NFL for 11 straight seasons which is no less than an achievement. He was born and raised in a small town of Easy Brady but it didn’t affect his upbringings. There is not much information his parents and their works. He completed his high school from ‘East Brady High School’ and later moved to University of Miami. He majored in sports. Throughout his study career, he stood out for his football skills and was a commendable basketball player.
Moving on to his personal life, unlike other star celebrities, Jim Kelly never got involved in the random relationships. He dated his wife Jill Kelly for some time before their marriage. The couple got hitched in 1996 and ever since they have been together. They’re blessed with three kids, two daughters and one son. Their son died in 2005 of Krabbe disease when he was only 8 years old. In the memory of his only late son, the great footballer has established an NGO named ‘Hunter’s Hope’.
Jim was passionate about football since his childhood. During his school days, he was known for his exceptional skills. In fact, in his school, he won all-state honors after passing 3915 yards and 44 touchdowns. Other than his extraordinary performances in football, he was also quite good at basketball. He had scored over 1000 points with six 30-plus-points games. He also led the East Brady team to basketball state semifinals but during his college days, he found more opportunities in football, so built his career in football. At University of Miami, he emerged as a professional footballer by completing 406 completions in 646 attempts.
In 1983, his talents were noticed by NFL and he was chosen as the NFL draft. First, he signed a contract with Gamblers but his professional career actually began when he joined Buffalo Bills in 1986. Thereafter, he played consecutively for 11 years for Bills and led his team to the Super Bowl in four straight seasons. He became the first quarterback to do so. However, his team lost each game. In 1997, he said goodbye to football. In 2013, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Now, he has been successfully treated still, he is not much active professionally.
Awards & achievements
Jim Kelly is a sportsperson that too a successful one, so you can assume the number of awards he had won over his entire career. Aside from the minor awards and accolades, the great footballer has won ‘Walter Camp Man of the Year’. He was also inducted into ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame’ in 2002.
Net worth of Jim Kelly
This is not a secret that footballers have a giant salary. Other than that, they also make money from other sources. So, they naturally have a whopping net worth. Jim Kelly is also not an exception in this case. Though he retired nearly 20 years ago, he still has a staggering net worth of $25 million. He has accumulated this giant net worth through his thriving football career. Moreover, Jim Kelly also appeared in a few films which also added a significant amount of money to his net worth.
You’re a fan of Jim Kelly or not but you must be the admirer of his humanitarian works. He is involved in many charities and NGOs. He also runs a football camp.