Colts sign quarterback Chad Kelly

The Buffalo native gets another shot in the NFL

Sal Capaccio
May 20, 2019 - 11:10 am

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Chad Kelly is getting another chance in the National Football League.

The Buffalo native, and nephew of Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, a week after trying out for them during their rookie minicamp.

Kelly was released by the Denver Broncos in October following an arrest for criminal trespassing when he entered a stranger’s home after leaving teammate Von Miller’s Halloween party. 

The Broncos chose the Ole Miss product with the final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, selection No. 253, thus making him Mr. Irrelevant.

After two highly productive seasons at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, Kelly committed to play at Clemson. He was dismissed from the Tigers’ football program in April of 2014 due to conduct detrimental to the team, then transferred to East Mississippi Community College, where he threw for 3,906 yards and 47 touchdowns leading them to the NJCAA National Championship. Kelly then committed to the University of Mississippi, where he threw for 6,800 yards, with 50 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

In Indianapolis, Kelly will play for head coach Frank Reich, who was Jim Kelly's backup with the Bills from 1986-1994. Reich began his career with the Bills in 1985.

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