Jim Kelly showed up at the Buffalo Bills' training camp Wednesday and said he's adjusting pretty well to his retirement from pro football.
"I was out golfing the first day of training camp," Kelly recalled, "and somebody said, 'How's it feel not being in training camp?' And I said, 'Oh, that's right, they're sweating today. Isn't it about 90 degrees? What am I doing? I'm on the golf course with a Margarita in my hand.' It ain't that bad."
Kelly watched the Bills practice for the first time this camp and had a dinner date with some of his former teammates Wednesday night.
The former quarterback, now a color commentator for NBC, admitted he misses the game.
"I do miss it, there's no doubt about that," he said. "But to tell the truth, I really haven't had any time to think about it because I've been doing so many things with my son and spending time with my daughter and my wife."
Kelly's infant son, Hunter, recently was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
"You have to know what your priorities are, and I know I do," Kelly said. "At the home with my family is No. 1. . . . No. 2 right now is getting ready for the broadcast booth."
Kelly will be paired with Tom Hammond.
Kelly offered a positive outlook about his former team's chances this season.
"Any time you have a defense the caliber of ours -- I keep saying ours; the Bills! -- you're definitely going to win a lot of games just because of that. I think they're going to surprise some people, maybe not at the top, but they'll be in the thick of things at the end of the season."
Kelly also was upbeat about whoever will be his replacement.
"Todd Collins, especially, is throwing the ball very well," he said. "Going into camp, I'm sure everybody realizes it's going to be a battle between Billy Joe Hobert and Todd."
Kelly, 37, looked very much like he has been staying in playing shape.
"I've only gained 3 or 4 pounds, I went from a 34 to a 36 (inch waist)," he said. "But I get to relax now. I'm back to eating peanut butter and jelly and enjoying myself. No more skim milk."
Coach Marv Levy introduced Kelly to the rookies at the end of Wednesday's workout.
A crowd of about 500 watched the workout at Fredonia State College.
In passing drills, Collins hit Andre Reed on a nice long pass down the sideline and then threaded one between defenders on a 25-yard throw to Chris Brantley. Newly acquired tight end Mike Titley made a 40-yard catch on a throw from Jim Ballard despite defensive interference. Thomas Smith and Matt Stevens had interceptions.
Safety Kurt Schulz (hamstring), linebacker David White (groin) and receiver Steve Tasker (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's preseason opener at Denver. But their injuries are not serious, Levy said. Rookie tight end Pat Fitzgerald (ankle) also will miss the Denver game. Tight end Jay Riemersma, linebacker Paul Lacoste and receiver Jerry Reese all sat out practice with minor injuries.
The Bills were to work out at 2:30 this afternoon and at 10 a.m. on Friday. The team will be off Sunday. The practice hotline number is 672-4366.