Former Miami and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will be honored by the university during their homecoming game against North Carolina on Saturday
Kelly will serve as Grand Marshal for the homecoming festivities, as well Honorary Captain for the game. The team will wear a helmet decal that reads “Kelly Tough.”
Kelly, who played for Miami from 1979-82 and passed for 5,228 yards and 33 touchdowns, was diagnosed with cancer last year and had surgery to remove cells in his jaw. The cancer spread earlier this year to his nasal cavity and Kelly’s doctors declared him cancer-free last month after a biopsy came back negative.
"The University of Miami was and remains an important part of my life,” Kelly said. “My family and I are honored and we look forward to being Grand Marshal of the Homecoming Parade and Honorary Captain for the homecoming game."
Miami also plans to add former All-American defensive tackle Russell Maryland and the late Jerome Brown to the school’s football Ring of Honor.
Kelly, who entered the school’s Ring of Honor in 2008, said he is excited to see his old teammates. It will be his first time attending a Miami home game since the school honored him.
“It doesn’t matter if there’s 30,000 people there or 50,000 people there Saturday,” Kelly said. “I’m just excited to be going back.”
Kelly, 54, played for the Buffalo Bills for 11 seasons before retiring at the end of the 1996 season. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and help lead Buffalo to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances.
- Scooby Axson