Chad Kelly has been through many trials and tribulations. Unlike some quarterbacks who have been given a true shake in the NFL, like Cam Newton, he is not naming names as to who is worthy or unworthy of him to backup.
The man just wants a shot. He just wants to be put in a room and allow his knowledge and game IQ to speak for themselves. Those who think Chad Kelly got a fair shake need to listen to his most recent interview on Pardon My Take.
Let's start at the beginning. Kelly was Mr. Irrelevant in the 2017 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos, but injuries and legal troubles plagued his early career. In 2018, he was arrested for criminal trespassing after attending a Halloween party hosted by his then-teammate Von Miller. A woman thought he was intruding into her home, which led to his arrest. This incident led to his release from the Broncos.
But here's the thing - Chad Kelly is a fighter. He didn't let this setback keep him down. He sought help and support from his family, friends, and professional advisors to get his life back on track.
After getting cut by the Broncos, Kelly signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2019. However, his progress was derailed when he was suspended for the first two games of the regular season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. This suspension was related to his criminal trespassing incident from the previous year.
Despite these challenges, Kelly impressed the Colts coaching staff with his work ethic and football IQ. His perseverance finally paid off when he was elevated to the active roster in 2020 and got to play in a regular-season game.
It was only when he left the NFL did we see him seriously prosper.
I asked Chat GPT to write the Ballad of Chad Kelly:
Come gather 'round and listen close, To the ballad of Chad Kelly, football's rose. A journey filled with ups and downs, A tale of grit, passion, and rebound.
Drafted last in twenty-seventeen, Chad fought hard to make the scene. But injury took him out of play, A setback he refused to sway.
In 2018, Chad took the field, But struggled with consistency, he could not wield. Then came a night of criminal trespass, An incident that could end his pass.
But Chad refused to let it define, His will to succeed was like a vine. He sought help and support, To get his life back on track, he fought.
Signed by the Colts in twenty-nineteen, Chad's journey was far from serene. Suspended for conduct that was amiss, But he persevered, his heart filled with bliss.
Chad's passion for the game shone bright, And in the CFL, he took flight. With the Calgary Stampeders, he found his groove, His talent on display, his passion proved.
Two thousand and twenty-one, his debut, Against the Alouettes, he led the crew. The Gray Cup winner he became, A force to be reckoned with, his talent aflame.
With leadership and work ethic that inspires, Chad Kelly has lit the football fires. A ballad of redemption and success, Chad Kelly, a football legend, nothing less.
Happy Good Friday, Swag needs an NFL contract.