In Buffalo, Jim Kelly's word is gold.
It's notable, then, when the Hall of Fame quarterback put out a statement Tuesday endorsing the Buffalo Bills' hire of Rex Ryan as their next head coach.
Here is Kelly's statement, posted along with a picture of him and Ryan on Jill Kelly's Instagram page:
I am very excited about the hiring of Rex Ryan not only because of his coaching ability but also because of how he works with players and how players work for and respect him. He now has very talented players to go with the enthusiasm he brings to the locker room. I'm looking forward to seeing what he does on the offensive side of the ball. I'm also excited about Rex Ryan's determination to bring winning football back to the RALPH, to the amazing Bills fans and to the great city and people of Buffalo! GO BILLS!
Kelly's reaction comes on the heels of several current Bills players chiming in on Twitter this week about the hires of Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman:
Love the hire!
— Eric Wood (@EWood70) January 11, 2015
Excited about the hire of Rex!! Great coach to come in and keep us moving in the right direction!
— Fred Jackson (@Fred22Jackson) January 11, 2015
Can't wait gotta love REX RYAN 💯💯💯 http://t.co/FpEPW9H1kk
— Sammy Watkins (@sammywatkins) January 11, 2015
— Anthony Dixon (@Boobie24Dixon) January 12, 2015