James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons and spent the entirety of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills.
He also played two seasons with the Houston Gamblers in the United States Football League (USFL).
Kelly was selected by the Bills in the first round of 1983 NFL draft and was taken fourteenth overall.
He chose to sign with the Gamblers instead and did not play for the Bills until the USFL folded in 1986.
Employing the "K-Gun" offense, known for its no-huddle shotgun formations, Kelly led one of the greatest NFL scoring juggernauts.
From 1990 season to the 1993 season, he helped guide the Bills to a record four consecutive Super Bowls, although the team lost each game.
(Only two other teams have gone to three straight Super Bowls, the Miami Dolphins, with Bob Griese, and the New England Patriots, with Tom Brady.)
In 2002, Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his first year of eligibility.
His jersey number 12 is one of only three numbers retired by the Buffalo Bills as of 2018.