Rex Takes Bills To Support Kelly

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After practice Monday, many of the Bills showed they’ll never be ready to take on the best. 

Good thing they were practicing golf and not football. 

Rex Ryan brought his entire team to Terry Hills golf course in Batavia to support the Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic golf tournament. 
 
Kelly’s reaction? “Amazing. When Rex told me that’s what they wanted to do, I’m like, really?!?”

The players hit balls off the first tee as part of a free-for-all long drive contest. Or they, at least, tried to. The Bills also got to chat with greats from the last generation and had a good time breaking up the monotony of the offseason.

“Just a great opportunity for everybody, for our team certainly, to have this time together to bond a little bit outside of football,” Ryan said. “But also, to support one of our own, which is Jim Kelly and get in our community and I think that’s good.”

The field trip served as the Bills “Organized Team Activity” for Monday. When the golf event began in earnest, players re-boarded three buses and returned to Buffalo to take the rest of the day off. 

“He said, ‘we’re gonna be a part of it and it’s gonna count as a practice’,” Fred Jackson said. “Guys love that. Anytime you get a coach that’s doing things like that, you’re gonna go to bat for him.”

“For our young guys, I think it’s invaluable,” Kyle Williams said. “You get an opportunity to come out here and see Jim and some of the old players and understand what they meant to this community and what they still mean to it. I think that history lesson for them is very important.”

The old players appreciated the gesture.
 
“It’s the best thing he’s ever done. It’s the best thing the Bills organization has ever done, in my opinion,” Bills Hall of Famer Joe Delamielleure said. “Bring these guys out here and get to know the older players. The guys who built this league.” 

The outing can mean a lot to the Bills in terms of team chemistry and the growth of their young players, but it also means exponentially more to Kelly, his family and most important, the disabled and disadvantaged youth the event benefits. 

Kelly addressed the current Bills in attendance just before hitting the course. “By you guys being here today, you’re making a difference in a lot of people’s lives. Thank you so very, very much.”

“They do make a difference,” Kelly told the media moments later. “We all have our professions, whether it’s you guys trying to do your job or me trying to do my job. The key for all of us is to really understand that… make a difference today.”

Jim’s brother Dan kept the mood light and the carousel spinning for the current Bills during the long drive contest. He, like his brother, has long been a driving force behind the event. 

“Rex is an amazing individual,” Dan Kelly said. “He’s so community minded and for him, he thought it was just the right thing to do. The other coaches in the past have been very supportive, but Rex has taken it to a whole new level.”

Even if many of his players took the golf to a whole new (low) level as well. 

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