Jim Kelly recently sat down with ESPN’s Thomas Neumann to talk about football, his family and life in general. It was a good read on this cold and windy Friday afternoon.
And one fact that I did not know was that Penn State was ready to give Kelly a full ride as…..a LINEBACKER.
Is it true you wanted to attend Penn State, but they only wanted you as a linebacker?
I went to their camp my junior and senior years [in high school]. Where I’m from, you’re either Pitt or Penn State, and I’d always been a big Penn State fan. My parents and grandparents wanted me to go to Notre Dame, but I really wanted to play for Penn State. Then, just before national signing day, they called and said they’d already signed two all-state quarterbacks but they’d still give me a full ride if I wanted to come there as a linebacker. And I was being recruited as a linebacker, too, out of high school. But, mostly, everybody knew that I wanted to play quarterback. So, of course, I said, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Then I went down to the University of Miami, and my first start my freshman year was at Penn State, and coach [Howard Schnellenberger] didn’t tell me I was starting until about three hours before the game. First thing I did was I threw up. … But we upset Penn State.
You can read the rest of Jim Kelly’s interview HERE