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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Packing them in

   August 3, 2002 -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony used to be a relatively small event in terms of crowds. Then Jim Kelly came along.

   And they needed a stadium to hold his family, friends and fans who came to see the Bills' quarterback on his greatest day.

   Kelly had about 15,000 of his closest pals on hand for the event, which was moved from the steps of the Hall to the stadium next door. His speech saluted everyone who helped him in his career, and that included his mother.

   "She did everything, from putting food on our personal training table to scrubbing all of our uniforms, including those of many of my teammates," Kelly said. "On more than one occasion, she told people I wouldn't trade my boys for the world but there were days when I would have gladly given them away."

   As Marv Levy said in his presenting speech, "If they were to make a movie about the life of John Wayne, Jim Kelly ought to play the part."

   Kelly was the fourth Bill to make it to Canton, following O.J. Simpson, Billy Shaw and Levy. He was joined in the Class of 2002 by George Allen, Dave Casper, Dan Hampton, and John Stallworth.

--- Budd Bailey 

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