Kelly comeback odds under 50 percent QB says he's been called, won't say by which teams


NBC football analyst Jim Kelly, 37, who retired from the Buffalo Bills after the 1996 season, said yesterday during the network's halftime show that he has been contacted by a couple of NFL teams but that his chances of returning as a player for the 1998 season are less than 50-50.

Asked whether the Ravens were one of those teams, the former quarterback said: "I can't really say what teams. Right now, the teams that have contacted me have said to wait until the end of the season."

A Buffalo, N.Y., newspaper report last week said Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda had offered retired Bills passer a three-year contract.

Marchibroda and Ravens owner Art Modell said Friday that there was no truth to the report.

Kelly, 37, said he would look for a team with a good offensive line and would return only if management would donate the majority of his salary to his son's charity.

Kelly's son, Hunter, 8 1/2 months old, suffers from leukodystrophy, a degenerative genetic disorder that affects the brain, spinal cord and nerves and for which there is no known cure.

Pub Date: 12/14/97

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