Sunday, August 3, 2014

Reed enters Hall catching one last pass from Kelly


Andre Reed hauled in one last pass from Jim Kelly Saturday night.

To cap off his 36-minute Hall of Fame induction speech, the Buffalo Bills great turned to his former quarterback Kelly, who tossed a football to Reed in front of a crowd of roughly 20,000--many Bills fans.

“I was known for my toughness going across the middle, making that catch, breaking tackles,” Reed said, via The Buffalo News. “But the toughest individual I’ve ever met in my life is Jim Kelly, No. 12."

Kelly, who is battling cancer, received a minute-long standing ovation when he was introduced.

"How do I find the words, man, to say anything about you?" Reed said. "You’re the reason why I’m standing here today. Your belief in me that I could get the job done at any time will resonate with me the rest of my life.”

From the mid-80s to late-90s, Reed amassed 951 passes for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns. He was snubbed from the Hall a handful of times before finally breaking through this year.

“No more routes to run, no more passes to catch, no more DBs to beat,” Reed said. “The journey is complete. ... Thank you, Canton, and most of all, thank you Buffalo. I love you.”

Check out The Buffalo News' extensive coverage of the event here.

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