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Jim Kelly

Pro Football Hall of Fame Member & Radio Host of “Under The Helmet With Jim Kelly”

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Jim Kelly Biography

NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Jim Kelly exemplifies what toughness is all about. Born on Valentine’s Day he was raised in East Brady, PA with five brothers. He played for the University of Miami. Despite being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1983, he opted to play for the USFL until they suspended operations. He then went back to his contract with the Buffalo Bills where he played for his entire NFL career. In 2001 Kelly had his name added to the Buffalo Bills Wall of fame and is the first Buffalo Bills player to have his jersey retired. In August of 2002 he was enshrined in the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed upon a professional player. But nothing would prepare him for the battle his family would face when his only son Hunter was diagnosed with a fatal disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy. He celebrated 8 years of life and was laid to rest on August 5, 2005. Kelly and his wife Jill established Hunters Hope Foundation which continues to changes lives of children and families all over the world.

But Jim Kelly’s obstacles were not going to end there; in June 2013, Kelly announced he had been diagnosed with Squamous-Cell Carcinoma of the upper jaw bone. He underwent surgery shortly after and was told by doctors he was cancer free. However, less than one year later in March of 2014, his cancer returned. This time surgery was not an option, and Kelly received an intensive regimen of radiation and chemotherapy treatments and was again told he was cancer free; until March of 2018. After undergoing several tests it was announced Kelly would be facing yet another battle. The cancer had to be surgically removed and reconstructive surgery on his upper jaw was necessary. Several procedures took place over many months and currently there is no sign of cancer. Kelly is closely monitored and goes for frequent checkups.

There is no doubt Kelly has a true appreciation of life. He believes in the four F’s – Faith, Family, Friends & Fans. He shares his “Journey of Perseverance” and asks that everyone do their part to Make a Difference Today for Someone Who is Fighting for Their Tomorrow. Although Jim is the definition of Kelly Tough, he knows, that staying tough takes faith in God, and surrounding himself with a great team.

Speaking Topics
  • Youth Sports

  • Being a Parent of a Special Needs Child

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Teamwork

  • Inspiration

  • Leadership

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  • HOW TO BOOK Jim Kelly?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jim Kelly for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jim Kelly, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jim Kelly or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Jim Kelly?

    Booking fees for Jim Kelly, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jim Kelly, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Jim Kelly?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Kelly for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jim Kelly for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jim Kelly or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim Kelly or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Pro Football Hall of Fame Member & Radio Host of “Under The Helmet With Jim Kelly”

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Jim Kelly Biography

NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Jim Kelly exemplifies what toughness is all about. Born on Valentine’s Day he was raised in East Brady, PA with five brothers. He played for the University of Miami. Despite being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1983, he opted to play for the USFL until they suspended operations. He then went back to his contract with the Buffalo Bills where he played for his entire NFL career. In 2001 Kelly had his name added to the Buffalo Bills Wall of fame and is the first Buffalo Bills player to have his jersey retired. In August of 2002 he was enshrined in the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed upon a professional player. But nothing would prepare him for the battle his family would face when his only son Hunter was diagnosed with a fatal disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy. He celebrated 8 years of life and was laid to rest on August 5, 2005. Kelly and his wife Jill established Hunters Hope Foundation which continues to changes lives of children and families all over the world.

But Jim Kelly’s obstacles were not going to end there; in June 2013, Kelly announced he had been diagnosed with Squamous-Cell Carcinoma of the upper jaw bone. He underwent surgery shortly after and was told by doctors he was cancer free. However, less than one year later in March of 2014, his cancer returned. This time surgery was not an option, and Kelly received an intensive regimen of radiation and chemotherapy treatments and was again told he was cancer free; until March of 2018. After undergoing several tests it was announced Kelly would be facing yet another battle. The cancer had to be surgically removed and reconstructive surgery on his upper jaw was necessary. Several procedures took place over many months and currently there is no sign of cancer. Kelly is closely monitored and goes for frequent checkups.

There is no doubt Kelly has a true appreciation of life. He believes in the four F’s – Faith, Family, Friends & Fans. He shares his “Journey of Perseverance” and asks that everyone do their part to Make a Difference Today for Someone Who is Fighting for Their Tomorrow. Although Jim is the definition of Kelly Tough, he knows, that staying tough takes faith in God, and surrounding himself with a great team.

Jim Kelly Speaking Topics

  • Youth Sports

  • Being a Parent of a Special Needs Child

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Teamwork

  • Inspiration

  • Leadership

Jim Kelly Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Jim Kelly

FAQs on booking Jim Kelly

  • How to book Jim Kelly?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jim Kelly for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jim Kelly, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jim Kelly or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jim Kelly?

    Booking fees for Jim Kelly, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jim Kelly, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jim Kelly?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Kelly for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jim Kelly for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jim Kelly or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim Kelly or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jim Kelly is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Youth Sports, Being a Parent of a Special Needs Child, Overcoming Adversity, Teamwork, Inspiration and Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jim Kelly for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Jim Kelly generally travels from East Aurora, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Emmitt Smith, Joe Theismann, Vince Papale, Scott Hamilton and Mike Eruzione. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jim Kelly for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jim Kelly Speaking Topics

  • Youth Sports

  • Being a Parent of a Special Needs Child

  • Overcoming Adversity

  • Teamwork

  • Inspiration

  • Leadership

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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