In induction speech, Andre Reed shows deep respect for Jim Kelly

AP

Almost a decade after becoming eligible, Andre Reed finally got his chance to take the podium at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

And when Reed, the Bills’ all-time leading receiver, finally got the stage, he made sure to thank his quarterback, Jim Kelly.

“You’re the reason why I’m standing here today,” Reed said of Kelly, calling him “(the) toughest individual I’ve ever met.”

Kelly, who has fought a recurrence of cancer, was present for Reed’s speech.

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Reed joked about always wanting the ball from Kelly.

Then Reed turned serious.

“I wanted you to be proud of me and know you could count on me any time,” Reed said.

He added: “You know the old saying, bro — 12 plus 83 always equals six.”

The crowd — filled with fans wearing Bills gear — cheered its approval, and Kelly smiled and pumped his fist.

At the conclusion of Reed’s speech, Kelly emerged with a football. He tossed it to Reed, who made the catch. The two then embraced.

Reed, 50, was presented for induction by former Bills coach, Marv Levy.

“I don’t believe, in the history of the game, there was ever anybody better or more courageous coming across the middle than Andre Reed,” Levy said in a pre-recorded introduction speech.

Reed is the ninth Bills player, coach or owner to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

42 responses to “In induction speech, Andre Reed shows deep respect for Jim Kelly

  1. I was slightly disappointed that he didn’t say “Oh, yeah, and the Bills will be staying in Buffalo… And anyone who thinks otherwise is living on a prayer.” The stadium would have exploded.

  2. Honestly, I don’t think Reed should be in the hall. His year by year numbers are really not that impressive. He played 15 seasons and had only 3 stand out seasons. The length of his career is the reason he ended with pretty solid numbers, but he really wasn’t that dominate year in and year out. Just saying.

  3. For Bills fans, tonight’s ceremony was like arriving at a lush oasis after a long journey through the desert.

    The sadness over the passing of Ralph Wilson, the cancer of Jim Kelly, the 14-year playoff drought, and the uncertainty over the team’s future were all lightened for one night as Canton was inundated by Buffalo Bills fans cheering their heroes one last time.

    Happy for Bills fans tonight.

  4. man the Bills were soclose for so many years. All my best to Jim Kelly.
    Between him and Tony Gwinn from MLB.. this is the year to promote the lack not using chew or smokeless tobacco.
    Just saying.
    What a shame.

  5. I guess if winning hearts is accomplishment … They succeeded… But as far as hardware… They failed

  6. Don’t hate on him people. The hall did not put him in by accident. Trust the process. He was great, deserved to go in, and deserved to go in when he did. You can almost say for sure that he was a big piece in their success. If you watched him play his entire career, you know how great he was. #go bills. #kellytough

  7. For Jim Kelly’s sake I’m glad Reed was inducted this year. We all want him to pull through but there’s a good chance he may not be with us by this time next year. That throw and catch on stage was a great moment.

  8. These children on here with their comments about him not being deserving makes me laugh, if you were alive and watching when he was playing in the K gun offense in an age when it was all about the run and wr’s got killed going across the middle you wouldnt make silly comments.

  9. Reed deserves to be in the Hall,without a doubt. People will aways trash talk about how they didn’t win any Super Bowls,but it’s pretty damn hard to get there in the first place. Four years straight? Next to impossible. Get well,Jim Kelly!

  10. You guys state that they went to the Super Bowl 4 times, but they LOST every time. That is the game you have to win to be with an elite group. They could not do it, and NEVER will. Bunch of losers is all they are.

  11. taylorgangtrippymane says:
    Aug 2, 2014 11:14 PM
    Hey Andre, Richard Sherman would have shut you down.

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    Reed played in a time when WR’s where allowed to be as aggressive as the DB’s guarding them. Have you ever seen Andre play? He would’ve shrugged off Sherman like a child. Reed was fearless over the middle, an area Sherman is rarely seen. If Sherman attempted to tackle Reed he would’ve gotten plowed.

  12. You guys state that they went to the Super Bowl 4 times, but they LOST every time. That is the game you have to win to be with an elite group. They could not do it, and NEVER will. Bunch of losers is all they are.

    Dan Marino, Barry Sanders,Tony Gonzalez, Dick Butkus, Dan Fouts, Alan Page, Junior Seau, Deacon Jones, LaDainian Tomilson, Earl Campbell, Cris Carter……Yeah, a bunch of losers!

    That’s some brilliant insight and football knowledge you got there.

  13. flyerguy73 says:
    Aug 3, 2014 1:03 PM
    You guys state that they went to the Super Bowl 4 times, but they LOST every time. That is the game you have to win to be with an elite group. They could not do it, and NEVER will. Bunch of losers is all they are.
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    Then if goes pretty good with you and the city of Philly, your football teams hasn’t won anything.

  14. Sherman would have owned Reed? First off, Charmin would only have seen Reed about half the time since he can’t move from his LCB position. If he was truly dominant he would shade the teams best wideout every week.

    As far as any douche bag who may post on here saying this guy wasn’t dominant you were either:

    A. Stat nerd who just reads spread sheets on numbers. You can’t compare stats from 20 years ago to today. Different game.

    B. A sperm in your daddy’s testicles who obviously never seen this guy play. This is when football was tough.

    Reed was a great player. Him and Al Toon were probably the two best possession receivers of their era. In fact they coined the phrase if you ask me. It is sad he had to wait this long to get in but better late than never. Hopefully Tim Brown gets his chance next year.

  15. I had a gym membership to Andre reeds powerhouse gym in casselberry (Orlando area) Fl. back in the mid/late 1990s. I was like 18 yrs old then and I got to meet Reed while working out one day. Nice friendly guy. His wife back then was super hot too lol. Anyway this was great to see him so thankful and in the HOF.

  16. Dan Marino, Barry Sanders,Tony Gonzalez, Dick Butkus, Dan Fouts, Alan Page, Junior Seau, Deacon Jones, LaDainian Tomilson, Earl Campbell, Cris Carter……Yeah, a bunch of losers!

    I never said these guys were losers. Just the bills players. Gotta love it.

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