Allen and Bill’s defensive tackle Harrison Phillips spent a day with the Pro Football Hall of Famer and his wife, Jill, at an event at Hunter’s Haven Lodge in support of Kelly’s foundations – Hunter’s Hope and Kelly for Kids. The lodge in Ellicottville, New York, is named after Kelly’s deceased son, who died at the age of 8 in 2005 after battling Crab Leukodystrophy.
Jill documented the weekend event, which included skeet shooting and dinner, on social media with a photo of Kelly handing over a football to Allen. On the ball were signed the quarterback’s signatures along with the words “past the torch.” Kelly and Allen also signed a pair of footballs for future charity events.
Allen officially took the Bills’ quarterback torch last year as he set single-season franchise records for completions (396), past yards (4,544) and past touchdowns (37), the latter of which belonged to Kelly.
Kelly, Bills’ leader in career passing and touchdowns, told Jill last season: Allen “breaks every record I have.”
– Jill Kelly (@ jillmkelly12) June 6, 2021
Quarterbacks have been in constant contact since the bills drafted Allen No. 7 in general in 2018, with Kelly publicly expressing support for Allen on several occasions.
“The constant thing he knows to tell me was to take what the defense gives you, little things here and there,” Allen said last season. “But more about embracing Buffalo and embracing the city here and this community – the kind of people and the food. It goes beyond football when we talk, but he’s been amazing with my development here. Not just as a player, but as a person too. I could not have asked to be in a better situation. “
Kelly made it a point in May 2018 to speak with Allen after his rookie minicamp when Allen called him, “the greatest quarterback to play the game and of course the greatest in Buffalo history.”
There are no debates Kelly is the best QB in franchise history, but Allen at least hopes to be in the conversation when his career is over.
“This is where I want to be [the goal of] my career, to be considered in the city of Buffalo as a Jim Kelly, “said Allen in 2018.” Every quarterback who plays here will be in the same sentence as him, just because of what he is and what he is [means] to the city. “
Allen enters his fourth NFL season after leading the Billes last season to their first AFC East title since 1995 – Kelly’s penultimate season in the league.
Allen is also in line for a contract extension that could make him one of the highest paid players in league history. Accounting Director Brandon Beane said the deal could be made as early as this summer, or the negotiations could extend into next year; Either way, there is mutual interest on both sides to make Allen a Buffalo Bill for the rest of his career.