Kelly in the 2018 NFL preseason
|No. 6 – Indianapolis Colts|
|Born:||March 26, 1994|
Buffalo, New York
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||224 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute|
(Tonawanda, New York)
East Mississippi CC
|NFL Draft:||2017 / Round: 7 / Pick: 253|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Chad Patrick Kelly (born March 26, 1994) is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson and Ole Miss. The Denver Broncos selected him in the seventh round with the final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, making him that year's Mr. Irrelevant.
Kelly was born to Charlene Cudzylo and Kevin Kelly, a supermarket manager and younger brother of quarterback Jim Kelly. He spent his early years in Western New York, his mother's home area, not far from where his uncle Jim was playing professional football. Chad Kelly was a consistent strong performer in Punt, Pass, and Kick competitions as a youth, becoming national champion four times. His family moved to Red Lion, Pennsylvania after Kevin was assigned to a Wegmans in the area, but unexplained disciplinary issues removed Chad from the Red Lion High School football team, and he returned to Western New York. Others thought that Jim Kelly helped Chad's career. Jim had only one son of his own, who died in childhood, so tried to guide his nephew, but felt that Chad did not listen to his advice and more than once gave up on him. A football coach said, "Being Jim Kelly's nephew has been harder for him than it has helped him. A lot is expected of him because he’s Jim's nephew. He was never just 'Chad' or even 'Kevin Kelly’s son.' He was always 'Jim Kelly’s nephew.'"
Jim Kelly said of his nephew, "Athletic ability, Chad has more than I had", with "a freaking rocket for an arm". Kelly attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Tonawanda, New York. He passed for 2,159 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,059 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. He passed for 3,050 yards, 27 touchdowns and rushed for 991 yards with 14 touchdowns as a senior. He was rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit and was ranked among the top dual-threat quarterbacks in his class. Kelly committed to Clemson University to play college football.
Kelly was redshirted his first year at Clemson in 2012. As a freshman in 2013, he appeared in five games, passing for 58 yards and rushing for 117 yards with a touchdown. In April 2014, Kelly was dismissed from Clemson's football team due to conduct detrimental to the team.
East Mississippi Community College
He transferred to East Mississippi Community College, where he spent one year. In his lone season with the Lions, he started 12 games and threw for 3,906 yards with 47 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He led East Mississippi to a 12–0 record and victory in the NJCAA National Football Championship.
Kelly played in his first game with Mississippi on September 5, 2015, against UT Martin and completed 9 for 15 pass attempts for 211 yards and two touchdowns while adding a 20-yard rushing touchdown. On September 19, 2015, he led Ole Miss to its second victory ever at Tuscaloosa. In the 43–37 victory over No. 2 Alabama, he completed 18 out of 33 passes for 341 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns. On November 7, 2015, Kelly accounted for 478 total yards and six touchdowns against Arkansas. Although he completed 24-of-34 passes for 368 passing yards and three passing touchdowns, Mississippi lost to Arkansas, 52–53, in overtime. The following week, he threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two touchdowns in a 38–17 victory over No. 15 LSU. On January 1, 2016, he helped lead Ole Miss to a 48–20 victory over No. 16 Oklahoma State in the 2016 All-State Sugar Bowl. He won Sugar Bowl MVP Honors after accounting for 21 completions out of 33 passes for 302 passing yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Kelly also led the team with 73 rushing yards on 10 carries. His 4 passing touchdowns tied a Sugar Bowl record and were most ever by a Rebels' quarterback in the Sugar Bowl.
Kelly finished his first season with Ole Miss with 298 of 458 (65.1%) completions for 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also accounted for 10 rushing touchdowns while appearing in all 13 games. While finishing the season with a 10–3 record, he became the first Ole Miss quarterback to lead the Rebels with victories over Alabama, Auburn, and LSU in the same season.
Kelly returned for his senior season in 2016. On November 5, 2016, Kelly suffered an injury during a 37–27 victory over Georgia Southern. The following day, it was reported that he would miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL and a torn lateral meniscus. On February 16, 2017, the NFL rescinded an offer previously made to Kelly to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.
Kelly was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round, 253rd overall (Mr. Irrelevant), the last selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list after having offseason wrist surgery.
Going into mini-camps for the 2018 season, he would compete with 2016 first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch for the backup quarterback role behind newly acquired Case Keenum. On August 13, 2018, Kelly was promoted to second team to act as Case Keenum's backup. In Week 6 of the 2018 season, Kelly appeared in his first NFL game, kneeling for a one-yard loss at the end of the first half.
On October 24, 2018, the Broncos released Kelly following his arrest on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing. He allegedly entered a woman's place of residence after leaving teammate Von Miller’s Halloween party. On March 20, 2019, Kelly pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespassing for the incident.
On May 20, 2019, Kelly signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He was suspended the first two games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. After being reinstated from suspension, he was waived on September 18, 2019. He was re-signed to the team's practice squad the next day. He was promoted to the active roster on November 9, 2019.
In December 2014, Kelly was arrested following an altercation outside of a Buffalo, New York, nightclub in which he fought with bouncers and resisted arrest. Criminal charges were dropped in exchange for his plea of guilty to disorderly conduct, and he was ordered to complete fifty hours of community service.
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