Rex Ryan went up in a helicopter. Jim Kelly went with him.
The idea was to drop golf balls on a make shift hole, but accuracy was not the priority.
“Get that door open and it’s like–ok–I started I started doing this, I started leaning over by Jim,” Rex said. “It got a little hairy over there.”
“I couldn’t see anything, I saw straight ahead and I’m just focusing on the trees,” Kelly said.
“I couldn’t either because I had my eyes closed,” Ryan added.
It was all part of the 30th Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic. Rex brought the whole team again.
Even at a milestone, support for the event still moves and humbles the Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback.
“Just to hear the stories on where the money goes and how it’s making a difference for their kids,” Kelly said. “Just from Cradle Beach to the Boys club to the Skating Association for Blind and Handicapped. There’s so many organizations where you try to sponsor and when you hear, then you understand why you’re doing it.”
“My golf game suffers between the job and 14 year old twin girls and I don’t get around to play very much golf,” said commissioner Roger Goodell. “Jim’s been a really good friend for a lot of years, someone I admire and respect and I wanted to be here for.”
You couldn’t turn around without seeing the number 12 at Terry Hills on Monday.
The other number on everyone’s mind was 78. The jersey Bruce Smith wore that will be retired in at the Bills home opener.
Smith was candid about the pain and suffering he faces on a daily basis.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not in pain that multiple joints and things that I experienced on a daily basis,” Smith said. “It can be very frustrating sometimes.”
“I was old enough to remember, I was in middle school watching him play for the Bills, remembering the dominant player he is,” Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “The opportunity to be out there, stand on the field with him when he goes to where he belongs, when his number goes up to the rafters, just going to be a great day for everyone.”
Goodell did not address a possible suspension for LeSean McCoy, but did address McCoy. The two had an animated, but amicable five minute conversation.
McCoy did not address the media on Monday, but may very well do so on Wednesday when the Bills continue OTAs.