ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – With a long break in between organized team activities to training camp, New Era Field is void of NFL stars. Instead, it is once again playing host to the future of football with the 30th annual Jim Kelly Camp.
“What a difference it makes for kids knowing they are playing in the stadium where there parents told them about the glory days of the Buffalo Bills,” Kelly said on Tuesday afternoon. “And hopefully now they are looking towards maybe one of these days going to the playoffs.”
Now that Jim Kelly Camp has spanned three decades, some of the former participants are now helping coach.
Former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star Joe Licata remembers his camp days at Ralph Wilson stadium, today he spent time working with the high school quarterbacks.
“I was blessed with a lot of ability but I had to work hard to make the most of my ability in order to be successful,” Licata said. “I think that helps me as a coach to get the most out of the kids and teach them the fundamentals.”
While 30 years is impressive, a now healthy Jim Kelly is looking into what another decade of his camp could do for the young football stars in western New York.
“Now I am thinking huh maybe I can shoot for 40 and as long as I can continue to come out here and do this and get the parents to keep bringing their kids then, why not?”