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Buffalo Bills News - August 4, 2002

Marker First step is a little unsteady [6:27 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The No. 1 defense roared out, causing a Drew Bledsoe incompletion and then three successive negative plays before Bledsoe whipped an 18-yard strike to Peerless Price. Price had another 20-yard gain before the defense held off Bledsoe with a sack at the Browns' 5 on the 12th play.'

Marker Kelly shows first-round 1983 draftees way to Hall of Fame [6:25 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Kelly is the first player from the Bills' Super Bowl teams to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He will not be the last. Next year, kick returner Steve Tasker will be eligible for the first time. "He's the greatest special teams player ever to play the game," Kelly said. "There was nobody, nobody like Steve Tasker."'

Marker Bruce Smith may need help getting inside stadium, but not HOF [6:24 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'When the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Smith sat on the cart, the vehicle's four tires seemed to wilt under the duress. But away it chugged, whisking the 17-year veteran to his spot at the forefront of the celebration.'

Marker Lessons in commitment, caring, and family ties [6:23 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'God gave him Hunter Kelly. He also gave the Kellys a responsibility not many of us could carry.'

Marker Buffalo fans flood Canton to witness Kelly induction [6:22 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'The city could have been renamed South Buffalo.'

Marker Kelly’s longtime pals couldn’t miss this party [6:21 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'From Penny M. Wolfgang, a New York Supreme Court justice, to what one East Brady, Pa., resident claimed was “half Jim’s hometown,” the party was pure Kelly. White collars and blue collars rubbed shoulders, and everyone knew Jim and one or more of his five brothers.'

Marker Special commemorative footballs will provide Hunter’s Hope benefit [6:20 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Nikco Sports is offering a limited edition, 5,000 NFL-licensed footballs commemorating Kelly's Hall of Fame induction, and donating 10 percent of the proceeds to the Hunter's Hope Foundation, an organization that raises funds to support research efforts to find a cure for Krabbe disease and other leukodystrophies.'

Marker QB's clan fills up Fawcett with love [6:10 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '"I feel like we're at a Bills home game," said Kelly's former center Kent Hull. "Akron has never seen a party like the one we have planned."'

Marker Football and family [6:09 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Every year, new Pro Football Hall of Famers talk about the people who changed their lives. But until Saturday, one of those had never been a 5-year-old lying in a canopied stroller in the front row, his eyes barely open, a line of oxygen wrapped under his nose.'

Marker Kelly makes special nomination for Tasker [6:08 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Besides Kelly, Thurman Thomas, the Bills former All-Pro running back, doesn't see why Tasker shouldn't have a bronze bust. "You talk about individuals making plays and making a difference, he's the greatest special teams player ever to play the game," Thomas said.'

Marker Defense simply plays well against Bills, Bledsoe [6:07 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Don't count out Bledsoe, though. Given time, he is one of the finest passers in the league.'

Marker Hall welcomes in another fab five [6:06 AM]
Massillon Independent reports: 'The Buffalo turnout even drowned out the usually overwhelming number of "Terrible Towel"-waving Pittsburgh Steeler fans who showed up to cheer for Stallworth.'

Marker Buffalo Jim Kelly steals induction show with emotional speech [6:05 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"In an era of headsets and technology, he did it his own way: out on the field."'

Marker Former Bills, UM star thrills crowd, joining inductees Stallworth, Casper, Hampton, Allen [6:04 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'But this day was an outpouring of affection for Kelly, a man who turned around the once-bumbling Buffalo franchise.'

Marker Kelly takes RV for unique arrival [6:03 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Kelly, who has friends who own an RV company in Buffalo, borrowed the vehicle to accommodate Hunter's oxygen tanks and other needs.'

Marker Hall of Fame Induction Is Mostly Kelly's Show [6:01 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Bills blue was everywhere, and the cheers for Kelly all day were long and thunderous.'

Marker Kelly, Bills fans bring cheers, tears [6:00 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Kelly's entourage of 1,100 was more than double any following for previous inductees and the crowd of 20,000 was the Hall's largest.'

Marker In Canton, Kelly's a million-dollar Bill [5:59 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'At other times, Kelly, 42, also displayed the timing of a gifted comedian, the spirit of a college cheerleader and the stage presence of a great preacher as he accepted his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a stirring 17-minute speech.'

Marker Kelly makes it Hall mark day [5:58 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Of the crowd of 17,700, at least 1,100 were personally invited by Kelly.'

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August 3, 2002

Marker Kelly salutes son at Hall of Fame induction [9:47 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I learned how to be a quarterback in my USFL days," Kelly said. "It really prepared me to run the offense in Buffalo."'

Marker No. 12 everywhere as Buffalo shows up for Kelly [8:44 PM]
AP reports: 'More than 150 buses rolled in from upstate New York, and the "Let's Go, Buffalo" and "Kel-ly, Kel-ly" chants started about two hours before the ceremony kicked off. "I feel like I'm in Buffalo," said Bills center Kent Hull. "Look at this."'

Marker Kelly's salute to son caps teary ceremony [8:43 PM]
AP reports: '"It's been written that the trademark of my career was toughness," Kelly said. "The toughest person I ever met in my life was my son, my hero, Hunter. I love you, buddy."'

Marker Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day [5:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: She's Aug. 2 - Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day

Marker Archived Scrimmage Video [5:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: If you missed the Bills - Browns Scrimmage here's archived video (full scrimmage)courtsey of Empire Sports Network and buffalobills.com.

Marker Kelly, Stallworth Among 5 Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame [4:55 PM]
Bloomberg reports: '"I've had the pleasure of playing on some pretty good football teams," Kelly said. "Today, I join the greatest team of them all, the Pro Football Hall of Fame."'

Marker Browns offense sputters against Bills [4:49 PM]
AP reports: '"Last year, we didn't have the pressure that we needed," Winfield said. "But right now, the guys are flying around and doing their jobs."'

Marker Report From Canton: The Day Kelly Awaited [4:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: buffalobills.com writer Tim O'Shei reports from Canton, OH. Kelly: "I woke up this morning with a big smile on my face, even though it was 5:30 in the morning," Kelly said three hours before his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "I know my son Hunter is going to be here."

Marker Bledsoe Talks About Scrimmage [1:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: It was good for us, and this team. They were 3-13 last year and everything we can do that establishes a sense of confidence in what we're doing both offensively and defensively, would be a good thing. I think this is a step for us.

Marker Bledsoe home up for $9M [9:59 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Thompson said selling the Bledsoe's property might be difficult because of its size and price, despite his celebrity status. The home is 11,000 square feet.'

Marker Kelly Heads to the Hall [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know if Akron and Canton are ready for the Kellys," Kelly said Friday. "I'm from a big family, and we've always done things together with all of our friends. This will be no different."'

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