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Jim Kelly pulling for Andre Reed, says Bills weren't about stats

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Buffalo Bills Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is in New York City making corporate appearances and some media interviews at Super Bowl XLVIII.

Kelly said he is pulling hard for teammate Andre Reed to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame on his eighth try as a finalist on Saturday.

Kelly on Reed: "You can ask so many defensive backs that played against him, he was one of the greatest run after the catch receivers there was. The physical talent he had to break tackles and get off the line of scrimmage, his numbers are great. I probably have to take some of the blame for Andre not being in yet. We had a guy named Thurman Thomas in our backfield. … We were a team that wanted to score. We didn’t care how we got in the end zone. I had 34 behind me. We threw the ball 450 times a year some years. Nowadays that would rank dead last in attempts."

"I was all about scoring," Kelly said. "I was never about numbers, whether it was for me or Andre. You look at the list, and there are so many guys on that finalist list that deserve to be in. But it’s a sin that he’s not in yet and I hope he gets in."

In fact, during the Bills' first Super Bowl season, 1990, Buffalo had 452 passes, counting attempts and sacks. That would have ranked last in the league in 2013. San Francisco had the fewest pass attempts in the NFL this year, at 456, counting sacks. The league average this season was 607 attempts. Denver had 695 passes this year, 15 attempts per game more than Buffalo in 1990.

 

  • Dan

    The stats point is a good one but it's not like Andre's career numbers are even that low...the guys was 2nd ALL TIME in receptions (behind only Jerry Rice who is still #1) when he left the Bills! It's an absolute joke that he hasn't made it in yet.

    If I were him, I'm not even sure I would accept the honor when they finally do get around to giving it to him!

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