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Bills legend Jim Kelly visits Bristol and talks football, family and ESPN

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, the first and only Buffalo Bills player to have his number (No. 12) officially retired by the franchise, visited ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus recently to talk football and to promote his new book, The Playbook for Dads.

Kelly visited all of the usual stops on the Bristol “Car Wash,” even trying out his producing skills for a segment of SportsCenter Top 10.

Kelly met with Front Row to talk about the inspiration for his book and to reminisce about some of his former Buffalo teammates, his days playing in the USFL, and his favorite Monday Night Football appearances.

He also reflects on his relationships with ESPN analysts Bill Polian: The former Bills GM had a unique “three-point stance” negotiating tactic with one of Kelly’s agents; Steve Young: In the old USFL, former Houston Gamblers QB Kelly and his L.A. Express counterpart Young played in a epic game few people saw; and Chris Spielman, Kelly’s former Bills teammate with whom he shares a personal bond.

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