Despite having been told his senior year of college that an
injury would prevent him from playing again, Jim Kelly's football
career continued. In 2002, he was even inducted into the Pro
Football Hall of Fame. Now, Kelly has written a book called The
Playbook for Dads.
up in a family that taught him that would not
always go his way. But he also learned to never give
up on his goals. He implemented that philosophy in his
family life, and after losing his son, he became a dedicated
"I didn't see it through the eyes of the Lord," Kelly recalls.
"I didn't really urge my daughters, even though my wife came to the
Lord many years before I did. It took me some time to really
understand what it was all about and really take grasp of it,
knowing that I would never get an opportunity to see my son again
if I didn't change my ways or change the feelings I had in my
After his son died, Kelly continued to evolve as a Christian
"I knew that when Daddy walked through that front door, I wanted
my two daughters to look at me with respect," he says. "I didn't
want them looking at daddy as different from some of the others
they love. And then, of course, the ultimate was treating my wife
the way she should be treated."
Kelly admits that it was not easy at the beginning, but
God's perfect timing brought him from the point of football hall of
famer to family hall of famer through Christ. His book is titled
The Playbook for Dads.