Jim Kelly reflects on 30-years of football camp

Jim Kelly: 30th Football Camp, Health, Family

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Jim Kelly is having more fun now than ever hosting the 30th Jim Kelly Football Camp. The camp started in 1988 with 325 campers and now there are 550 kids enrolled. The camp runs through Thursday.

"For me to even imagine it's been 30-years...I look back and say, 'wow,'" said Kelly.

The participants come from across the country and learn about game, fundamentals of football and other topics including health, sportsmanship and teamwork.

"Be a difference maker, be a leader. You don't have to be always the 'rah-rah' type of leader, it's not what you say to somebody, it's how you say it," Kelly told a group of seniors on Monday morning inside the New Era Field, the home of the Buffalo Bills.

Kelly is still enjoying having interactions with the campers.

"To still be able to make a difference for kids out there and have fun with it, that's what drives me to continue to be here," he said.

Kelly talked about how times have changed and the need for young people to "understand, that you are who you hang with. You got to be able to associate with the right people,  and really be mature enough to make those decisions, whether it's right or wrong."

It's something he talked to his nephew, Chad, about.

 "I remember him saying, 'Uncle Jim I wish I had listened to ya,'" Kelly said. 

Kelly is doing well after a scary bout with Stage IV cancer in 2013.  "They gave  me a less than 10% chance of living, but you must have a never give up attitude," he said. 

He credits the four F's: faith, family, friends and fans.

Kelly is looking forward to his daughter's wedding to a professional baseball player.

"When you raise kids, especially daughters, you pray they are going to fall in love with the right kid, my daughter did, so I'm very happy," he said.

As for the Buffalo Bills 2017-18 season, he said the new coach "gets it" and  "I think the biggest thing the Buffalo Bills have to do is, they have to hold each other accountable. You can not afford to be the guy that continues to make mistakes, not only away from the field, but being away from meetings,  not giving it your all in practice... Sean's not going to put up with it."

He also expressed his loyalty to the Buffalo Bills team as a former player who's been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  

"I will go to my grave and say I am so proud to say I played for the Buffalo Bills," he said.

For the full interview with Jim Kelly, watch here:

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