Bo Kelly

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Bo Kelly
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Position: Fullback / Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1972-06-27) June 27, 1972 (age 47)
Overton, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: New London (TX) West Rusk
College: East Texas State
Undrafted: 1995
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
Rushing attempts:541
Rushing yards:1,617
Rushing TDs:88
Tackles:541
Sacks:3.5
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Michael 'Bo' Kelly (born June 27, 1972) is a retired arena football player who was a fullback/linebacker in the Arena Football League (AFL) for twelve seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. Kelly played college football for East Texas State University. He played professionally for the Arizona Rattlers and Carolina Cobras of the AFL.

Arena football style of indoor gridiron football

Arena football is a variety of indoor gridiron football played by the Arena Football League (AFL) and China Arena Football League (CAFL). The game is played indoors on a smaller field than American or Canadian outdoor football, resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in 1981, and patented in 1987, by Jim Foster, a former executive of the National Football League and the United States Football League. The name is trademarked by Gridiron Enterprises and had a proprietary format until its patent expired in 2007. Due to the patent, other indoor American football leagues that launched following the popularity of the original AFL developed variants on the arena rules.

Linebacker defensive position in American football

A linebacker is a playing position in American football and Canadian football. Linebackers are members of the defensive team, and line up approximately three to five yards behind the line of scrimmage, behind the defensive linemen, and therefore "back up the line". Linebackers generally align themselves before the ball is snapped by standing upright in a "two-point stance".

The Arena Football League (AFL) is a professional indoor American football league in the United States. It was founded in 1987 by Jim Foster, making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America, after the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL). The AFL plays a proprietary code known as arena football, a form of indoor American football played on a 66-by-28 yard field, with rules encouraging offensive performance, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League (USFL) and the NFL.

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During his long professional career, he became the AFL's all-time rushing leader, breaking the record formerly held by Bob McMillen, [1] (later broken by Derrick Ross in 2013) [2] and played for one ArenaBowl-winning Arizona Rattler team.

Robert James McMillen, Jr. is a former arena football fullback/linebacker and head coach. He was most recently the head coach of the Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League (AFL). He played his college football at Illinois-Benedictine, and was an AFL fullback/linebacker from 1995 to 2007. He has been a football coach since 2010, first serving as an assistant for the Chicago Slaughter in 2010, as an assistant with the Rush in 2011, before being named head coach of the Rush in 2011. In 2013, McMillen was elected into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.

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Early life

Born in Overton, Texas, Kelly earned all-district honors at running back four times while starting both ways for West Rusk High School as well as lettering in basketball, track, and baseball.

Overton, Texas City in Texas, United States

Overton is a city in Rusk and Smith counties in the U.S. state of Texas. Overton lies in two counties as well as two metropolitan areas. The Rusk County portion of the city is part of the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Smith County portion is part of the Tyler Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Running back position in American and Canadian football

A running back (RB) is an American and Canadian football position, a member of the offensive backfield. The primary roles of a running back are to receive handoffs from the quarterback for a rushing play, to catch passes from out of the backfield, and to block. There are usually one or two running backs on the field for a given play, depending on the offensive formation. A running back may be a halfback, a wingback or a fullback. A running back will sometimes be called a "feature back" if he is the team's starting running back.

West Rusk Independent School District

West Rusk County Consolidated Independent School District is a public school district based in New London, Texas (USA). In addition to New London, small portions of the town of Overton and Henderson are within the district.

College career

Kelly played at Cisco Junior College where he earned second-team All-Conference honors. After graduation from Cisco, Kelly became a second-team All-Conference selection in his senior season at East Texas State University, Kelly was second on the team in rushing, third in receiving, and second in scoring with six touchdowns as a fullback. Kelly earned Snow Bowl Most Valuable Player honors in 1994.

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References

  1. Michael Dugan (October 7, 2011). "Kelly is Arena League's career rushing leader". www.eastvalleytribune.com. East Valley Tribune. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  2. Sonny Pinkney (July 7, 2013). "Ross is The Boss for Soul". www.metro.us. Metro. Archived from the original on April 23, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014.