Andy Kelly
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-06-06) June 6, 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth: Dayton, Tennessee
Career information
College: Tennessee
Undrafted in 1992
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Charlotte Rage (19931996)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Pass attempts-completions     6,224-3,886
Percentage     62.4
TDINT     809-164
Passing yards     42,519
Passer rating     104.09
Stats at

Andy Kelly (born June 6, 1968) is a former American football quarterback in the Arena Football League (AFL). He played in the AFL for fifteen seasons for a total of eight different teams. He also played for two seasons for the Rhein Fire of the former World League of American Football. He played college football at the University of Tennessee from 1988 to 1991.

Early years Edit

Kelly attended Rhea County High School in Evensville, Tennessee.[1] As a member of the Golden Eagles high school football team, he won Gatorade All-America honors in football as a senior.[2]

College career Edit

Kelly was a successful collegiate quarterback at the University of Tennessee from 1988–1991 under head coach Johnny Majors.[3] He took over as a starter for Sterling Henton in the 1989 SEC rivalry game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.[4] He became part of Tennessee football lore as part of team that accomplished a 35–34 at Notre Dame, later dubbed as "The Miracle at South Bend". The Vols trailed at one point 31–7 before Kelly helped instrument a comeback to beat the Fighting Irish.[5] He set numerous Tennessee and SEC passing records, most of them broken by his later successor at Tennessee, Peyton Manning.

College career statistics Edit

NCAA collegiate career statistics
Tennessee Volunteers
Season Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB Rating Att Yards Avg TD
1988 15 25 98 60.0 0 0 92.9 9 -15 -1.7 0
1989 92 156 1,299 59.0 7 9 132.2 32 -33 -1.0 0
1990 179 304 2,241 58.9 14 14 126.8 38 18 0.5 0
1991 228 361 2,759 63.2 15 15 132.8 57 60 1.1 3
NCAA Career Totals 514 846 6,397 60.8 36 38 129.3 136 30 0.2 3

Professional career Edit

Kelly's predominant professional football career was as an Arena Football League quarterback, playing some of his career with the New Orleans VooDoo, for whom he played for in 2005 and 2007, and which was the last team for which he actively appeared as a player.[7] He previously played for the Charlotte Rage (1993, 1995–96), Nashville Kats (1997–2001), Dallas Desperados (2002), Detroit Fury (2003–2004), Kansas City Brigade (2006), and Utah Blaze (2006). At the end of the 2006 season, he held several all-time AFL career records, including touchdown passes (767), passing yards (39,948), pass attempts (5,827), pass completions (3,621), and interceptions (155).

On Friday, April 27, 2007, in a 72–57 home loss to their division-mate, the Georgia Force, Kelly joined Aaron Garcia, Clint Dolezel, and Sherdrick Bonner as the only quarterbacks in professional football history to throw for over 800 career touchdowns.[8]

On December 6, 2007, Kelly was named the head coach of the proposed new All American Football League's Tennessee team.[9] However, the league suspended operations March 12, 2008 (permanently, as things later developed, although only a delay was announced at the time), and Kelly signed with the Georgia Force two weeks later on March 26, 2008, but never actually participated in any games as an active player for the Force.[10] Kelly retired as an Arena Football player following the 2008 season and currently serves as a commentator on Tennessee Volunteers football radio broadcasts.

In June 2013, Kelly was nominated for the Arena Football Hall of Fame.[11]

AFL statistics Edit

Year Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TD's INT's Rating
2006 (Utah)115162711,402274126.5
2006 (Kansas City)17729460.21,856241380.5
Career 3,8866,22462.442,519809164104

Personal lifeEdit

After his professional football career, Kelly became a full-time insurance agent for State Farm.[12]


  1. Johnson, Reed. "Andy Kelly guest speaker at library’s ‘Munch-a-Lunch’" (in en).
  2. "Andy Kelly, Mack McCarthy to be inducted into Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame". Chattanooga Times Free Press.
  3. "Andy Kelly College Stats" (in en).
  4. "Alabama Stuns Tennessee, 9-6" (in en). New York Times.
  5. Strange, Mike. "Andy Kelly was resilient in ‘Miracle at South Bend’ for Vols". Knoxville News Sentinel.
  6. "Andy Kelly". Sports Reference LLC.. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  7. "Former New Orleans VooDoo quarterback Andy Kelly named finalist for AFL Hall of Fame" (in en-US).
  8. "Vols Jersey Countdown #8" (in en). Tennessee Volunteers Athletics.
  9. "Kelly plans to stock AAFL team with quality people" (in en). Knoxville News Sentinel.
  10. "Andy Kelly begins new season with expansion team in arena football; Former Kat is now a Dallas Desperado" (in en). The Herald-News.
  11. "Former VooDoo QB Andy Kelly Nominated for AFL Hall of Fame". OurSports Central. June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  12. "Quarterbacking Claims". Chattanooga Times Free Press. March 1, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2018.

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