Lunch hosted by Isleta Hotel & Casino Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is pleased to announce Jim Kelly as the featured guest speaker at the annual kickoff luncheon hosted by Isleta Resort and Casino. The luncheon, which will be attended by the participating teams on Friday, Dec. 16 at 11:30 a.m., will be preceded by a press conference at 10:30 a.m.
“I really think everyone in attendance is going to enjoy listening to and meeting Jim,” said Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl Executive Director. “He is a Hall of Fame Quarterback, but more importantly he is a Hall of Fame person. We are happy to have him at our event and speak to the student-athletes.”
The 11th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl will kick off the FBS collegiate bowl season, pitting the New Mexico Lobos against the UTSA Roadrunners. Kickoff from University Stadium in Albuquerque is slated for Saturday, Dec. 17. It will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio at Noon MST (2 p.m. EST).
The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is one of 13 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.
Game tickets, which are on sale now, range from $25-40 and can be purchased at the University of New Mexico ticket office, located in The Pit, online at www.unmtickets.com, or by calling 505-925-LOBO.
About Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly is a well-known and respected name among the football community. Kelly was a star quarterback for the University of Miami and Houston Gamblers. He played his entire NFL career with the Buffalo Bills and he led his team to four straight AFC Championship victories, an unparalleled achievement. In 11 seasons, Kelly led the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs eight times. At the time of his retirement, his 84.4 passer rating ranked sixth all-time and was second when compared to Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Kelly's 35,467 career passing yards ranked tenth in NFL history; his 2,874 completions ranked eighth; and his 237 touchdowns ranked thirteenth. He remains the only player to have his number retired by the Buffalo Bills. In 2002, his first year of eligibility, he was welcomed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by his former coach, Marv Levy.
Kelly has devoted much of his post-football life to his son, Hunter, who was diagnosed with Krabbe disease (Globoid-cell Leukodystrophy) and passed away on August 5, 2005 at the age of eight. He established an organization called Hunter's Hope, to raise funds to fight the disease and his advocacy on behalf of Krabbe patients has vastly increased national awareness of the disease. Kelly is the CEO of Jim Kelly, Inc., he also runs an annual football camp for kids, is founder of the Kelly For Kids Foundation and Co-Founder of the Hunter's Hope Foundation. He continues to reside in upstate New York, with his wife and 2 daughters and he is an avid Outdoorsman.