Jim Kelly, faith, and football

Using my words

I became a Buffalo Bills fan, pretty uncommon in northeast Alabama, during the 88-89 season. I caught a game between Buffalo and the Cincinnati Bengals and loved this burgeoning offense the Bills had going with Jim Kelly at quarterback. Buffalo had already been on my radar because of star linebacker Cornelius Bennett, who had been a favorite of mine at the University of Alabama. With that, a kid from the Deep South cast his professional football lot with a team in western New York.

101220-F-4733F-099And man, were the 90s – especially the early part of the decade – a fun time to be a Buffalo Bills fan. With Kelly behind center, Thurman Thomas running the ball, receivers Andre Reed and James Lofton, and a speedy tight end named Keith McKellar who had led my college, Jacksonville State University, to the 1985 Division II basketball national championship, the K-Gun offense was an offensive (I…

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