Ex-Bengals TE Reggie Kelly Chooses Retirement Over Steelers.

Former Bengals TE Reggie Kelly met with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday. he left the city without a contract. The Steelers later offered him a veteran minimum contract for 1 year, Kelly declined the offer and decided to retire.

Kelly was known as a blocking Tight End during his career in the NFL. He may not have been a Pro-Bowler or flashy receiver, but he was a solid player his whole career.

I can honestly say I’m relieved to see “R. Kelly” retire rather then play for a divisional rival. Not for the reason I fear of what he’ll do to the Bengals during games, but rather seeing him play in general with a rival. In a season where the team is getting younger and familiar faces are moving on, ‘Rev.’ Reggie Kelly will always be one of my favorite players. In 2007 he was the Bengals Ed Block Courage Award winner for his perseverance.  But I wasn’t a fan just for his on the field skills, or his leadership abilities but for everything he does off the field. He was always one of the nicest players when camp was in Georgetown, he was always involved in charity events and was always looking to good for others. 

Also I’m not trying to promote anything, but go buy his book. Reggie released a book not too long ago that is a great read. The title of the book is Prepared. Being the ‘Rev.’ there is some religious aspects to the book, but it goes a lot deeper then that. It helps you actually get prepared for life, to actually understand life a lot better. And for some of us who are way to football minded, terms that we can understand.

Best of luck with everything Rev!

Receiving
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
2003 26 CIN TE 82 12 11 13 81 6.2 1 13 1.1 6.8 81 1 0
2004 27 CIN TE 82 16 15 15 85 5.7 0 14 0.9 5.3 85 0 0
2005 28 CIN TE 82 15 14 15 90 6.0 1 16 1.0 6.0 90 1 1
2006 29 CIN TE 82 16 16 21 254 12.1 1 32 1.3 15.9 254 1 0
2007 30 CIN TE 82 15 15 20 211 10.6 0 26 1.3 14.1 211 0 0
2008 31 CIN TE 82 16 15 31 207 6.7 0 31 1.9 12.9 207 0 0
2010 33 CIN TE 82 16 14 10 42 4.2 0 9 0.6 2.6 42 0 0
Career 168 147 194 1760 9.1 5 50 1.2 10.5 1760 5 2
7 yrs CIN 106 100 125 970 7.8 3 32 1.2 9.2 970 3 1
4 yrs ATL 62 47 69 790 11.4 2 50 1.1 12.7 790 2 1

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