The finalists at quarterback for the NFL 100 All-Time Team were announced Monday night, and Bills legend Jim Kelly was not among them.
Kelly is among a dozen Pro Football Hall of Famers who did not make the list: Warren Moon, Sonny Jurgensen, Y.A. Tittle, Len Dawson, George Blanda, Kurt Warner, Ken Stabler, Bob Griese, Bob Waterfield, Arnie Herber and Benny Friedman.
The finalists, in alphabetical order: Troy Aikman, Sammy Baugh, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, John Elway, Brett Favre, Dan Fouts, Otto Graham, Bobby Layne, Sid Luckman, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Aaron Rodgers, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, Fran Tarkenton, Johnny Unitas, Norm Van Brocklin and Steve Young.
The quarterbacks on the NFL 100 All-Time Team will be announced at 8 p.m. Friday on the NFL Network.
Kelly, a five-time Pro Bowler, ranks 28th in career touchdown passes with 238 and had nine years in the top 10 in the league. His 35,467 passing yards are 27th and he had six seasons in the top 10.
But no matter how you look at the stats, he won – and won often, leading the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls.
The response to Kelly’s exclusion on social media was swift. Here is a sampling:
Troy Aikman makes this list and you stiff Jim Kelly?!? Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better QB than Aikman was. This entire all time team just needs to go away. Terrible job
— x – PJ Carver (@PJCarver) December 24, 2019
Ok scratch Dan Marino add Peyton Manning. Otherwise toss Jim Kelly on there that was 4 in a row.
— Calvin Barber Jr (@CalvinBarberJr1) December 24, 2019
wheres Jim Kelly?
— JoeyJoe (@jmoralez714) December 24, 2019
They have the nerve to put Dan Marino on this list but exclude Jim Kelly???? That is assinine #NFL #Bills https://t.co/3UxyfgPyM0
— Drew Boylhart (@DrewBoylhart) December 24, 2019
No Jim Kelly… big L
— ELaw312 (@Ethan6171) December 24, 2019
Dan Fouts? Seriously? No Jim Kelly, Jim Plunkett, or Kenny Stabler? Makes sense
— skelz227 (@Skelz227) December 24, 2019
Where is Jim Kelly? You know the guy that went to four Super Bowls in a row. pic.twitter.com/1Sw8w1GW6F
— Dan O’Connor (@DanOConnor923) December 24, 2019
Give me Jim Kelly, any other big 3 QBs have a gold jacket ?
— WilforksBelly (@WilforksBelly) December 24, 2019
They have everybody except Jim Kelly who had finesse and light up the score every where he have been. I wouldn’t put Marino or Tarkenton ahead of Kelly. Never! No way!
— TIGERSPORTS (@atthejungle) December 24, 2019
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