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July 9, 1985: Jim Kelly 'softens anti-Buffalo stance'

In his round-up of Buffalo Bills-related news, it wasn’t even Vic Carucci’s top item that Houston Gamblers quarterback Jim Kelly wasn’t as vehemently anti-Buffalo as he had been since the 1983 NFL draft.

With the future of the USFL franchise that Kelly played for up in the air 30 years ago, the Buffalo icon said that while the Bills weren’t his top choice of NFL teams,  he’d “play for them if necessary and give his best.”

The photo accompanying the off-season football story shows the man who was the Bills quarterback of the moment, Joe Dufek, posing with kids from area Boys & Girls Clubs in the stands of Rich Stadium.

Dufek started five games in 1984 in relief of Joe Ferguson. Vince Ferragamo and Bruce Mathison started at quarterback for the Bills in 1985, before Jim Kelly came to Buffalo in 1986 and, um, “gave his best.”

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