Former Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly appeared on WBBZ-TV's "Sports Rap-Up" Tuesday night. When host Bob Koshinski asked about his role in keeping the Bills in Buffalo when ownership changes hands, Kelly did not mince words.
"I know enough people who want to keep the Bills here, I know enough politicians who want to make sure they stay in Western New York," he said. "Roger Goodell is from Jamestown. I can't see him even thinking about letting the Bills leave Western New York, because I don't think not only would he not be allowed back in Western New York, but he wouldn't be allowed back in the state of New York."
There is also a personal side to the gridiron great. Kelly is a family man. While noting he is not a perfect parent, Kelly told Koshinski that his father taught him some basics in life, such as to not give up, to work hard, and have a firm handshake. Kelly writes about his wife, Jill, their two daughters, and late son, Hunter, in a new book, "The Playbook For Dads: Parenting Your Kids In The Game Of Life."
Koshinski covered Kelly during the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback's career with the Bills, breaking the story that he was coming to Buffalo when he was at WKBW-TV, traveling with the team during the Super Bowl years, and later when he was in charge of the Empire Sports Network.
Koshinski's full story is online at www.allsportswny.com.
"Sports Rap Up" airs Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. live from WBBZ-TV at the Eastern Hills Mall. The show airs Wednesday at 9 a.m. It is sponsored by D'Youville College, Reimer Heating & Air Conditioning and Just Pizza.
WBBZ-TV can be viewed on Channel 5 on Time Warner Cable (HD710 in Buffalo/Niagara Falls), TWC Channel 99 in Dunkirk; TWC Channel 21 in Olean; Verizon FiOS Channel 5 (HD 705) Dish Network; Channel 67 on DirecTV (where available); and digital Channel 67.1 over the air.
Watch a clip (courtesy of WBBZ)