Jim Kelly is the greatest Bills quarterback of all time, but he’d be more than happy to be unseated by Josh Allen.
Over the last few seasons, Allen has really blossomed into one of the game’s top quarterbacks. He can put up impressive offensive numbers, which, coupled with Buffalo's high-end defense, has positioned the Bills to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders for years to come.
For so long, the Bills dealt with a revolving door of quarterbacks, hoping one would finally come in and have the same impact Kelly did. Allen is looking like that guy, and Kelly told CBS Sports Radio’s “The Zach Gelb Show” on Tuesday that he couldn’t be happier to see it.
“I love seeing it,” the Pro Football Hall of Famer said. “I think they finally got a guy not only probably just as good, but if he keeps going the way he’s been, he’s going to shatter all my records. Halfway through his career he'll probably already be by mine.
“But it’s good to see it, he’s a good kid, he’s great for his community, he’s a great leader. Everything that a franchise would love to have, everybody would love to have a guy like that in your community. Going to help foundations and charities, you found it in Josh Allen. It’s good to see and love watching him."
The skill set obviously is there, but Allen still has some more he needs to achieve in order to cement himself in Kelly’s class.
Asked point blank if Allen could supplant him as the Bills’ greatest quarterback one day, Kelly had a straightforward answer.
“Bottom line is, if he continues to do what he has done, he’s going to shatter all my records. Without a doubt, he’ll be the greatest ever,” Kelly said. “I hope it happens, that’s what I would love to happen. I’ve lived here, my kids, my two daughters, are huge Bills fans, and they would love to be able to see all my records, maybe not shattered, but broken.
“The thing that comes with that is wins, all those victories. And, of course, you don’t want to talk too much about that Lombardi Trophy, it’s not here yet, but to be able to keep fighting and get back and hopefully at least get to the game and try to get one and pull one off and win one, that would be awesome. So I’m excited about what I see with what we’ve got behind center.”
This only is Allen’s fifth NFL season, so he’s got plenty of time to build up his resume. Certainly, Allen is most focused on one of the things Kelly couldn’t acquire in his career: a Lombardi Trophy.