NFL: Buffalo Bills not "going anywhere," Jim Kelly says[url=http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/postedsports/archive/2008/12/03/nfl-buffalo-bills-not-quot-going-anywhere-quot-jim-kelly.aspx]http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blog ... kelly.aspx[/url]
Posted: December 03, 2008, 1:44 PM by Sean Fitz-Gerald
[i]Jim Kelly wants to save the Buffalo Bills.
“I don’t think the team’s going anywhere, to be honest with you,? the retired quarterback said on Wednesday. “As long as I have anything to do with it, they’re going to stay in Western New York.?
Kelly, along with former Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino, were at the Rogers Centre to promote a series of five Ontario high school football bowl games being played Wednesday.
The Bills host the Miami Dolphins at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Sunday, the first in an unprecedented series of five regular-season games the National Football League team will stage in the city. Rogers Communications Inc. has leased the games, plus three exhibition contests, for $78-million.
It had been speculated the move was only a first step down the path to a more permanent relocation of the franchise, which has been forced by a stagnant local economy to expand its reach into Canada. But the issue has become clouded following the death on Tuesday of Ted Rogers, the Rogers Communications president and CEO, who had an estimated net worth of $7.6-billion.
While he would not elaborate on Wednesday, it has been widely reported that Kelly is the front man for a would-be ownership group that would keep the Bills in Buffalo.
Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame six years ago following a stellar career with the Bills. The former first-round draft pick took the franchise to four straight Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s — all, infamously, losses — and was named to the Pro Bowl five times.
He made another public appearance in Toronto last August, as the Bills were preparing to host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a pre-season game.
“As much as I love coming to Toronto and I love a lot of the people up here, I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure the Bills stay in Buffalo,? Kelly said that day. “I wouldn’t want to see anything jeopardize the CFL and what the Toronto Argonauts have done here, and I wouldn’t want to see anything happen with the Buffalo Bills.?[/i]