Jim Kelly wants people to get over nephew Chad Kelly’s past

Oct 22, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly (10) before a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

As this year’s Mr. Irrelevant, the Denver Broncos’ Chad Kelly has his work cut out for him. According to his uncle and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, that won’t be an issue for Chad.

“I told John [Elway] that he’s got a kid that’s work ethic is unmatched. He’s got a competitor,” Kelly told Ryan Edwards and Danny Williams while on Mile High Sports Radio.

There’s no doubt about it, Chad has loads of talent. A big-time arm, the ability to scramble and a reckless, go-get-it attitude that would bring some flavor to an otherwise vanilla Broncos’ quarterback depth chart. Although that attitude has gotten him in some trouble in the past, uncle Jim has a clear message for doubters.

“All the stuff that happened to him in the past, that everybody brings up, happened three years, tell people to get over it,” exclaimed Kelly. “It drives me nuts. It’s like ‘People, that’s three years ago, is that all you got in your playbook, is to bring up the negative stuff?’”

Uncle Jim didn’t sugar coat it either. He calls it like he sees it, but has also seen Chad mature immensely. As far as Chad’s attitude towards the game, Jim finds it better than his ever was.

“That’s three years ago, when he was a punk kid, that’s what he was,” said Jim. “He’s grown up, he gets it, he understands. His work ethic, as I said before, I never had that work ethic.”

Chad’s drama recently resurfaced, as he could be seen on video storming the field after an altercation broke out during his brother’s high school football game against a hated rival. His brother, Casey Kelly, was being kicked at the bottom of a pile. Uncle Jim doesn’t look at this as an issue, because wouldn’t you want to protect your family as well?

“What would you do as a brother? I would be running the exact same thing he did, and everybody else would do it,” said Kelly.

According to Jim, Chad’s knee is almost all the way healed, but his wrist is still an issue he’s dealing with currently. Once those injuries are a thing of the past, Jim sees Chad not resting until he’s satisfied.

“Once he gets that all taken care of, I think that he’ll be fine. You never know what the future holds for him, but he’s gonna work his tail off to get to the top.”

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