True team player
Football is not just about what happens on the field for wide receiver J.J. McKelvey. Having experience in three leagues (NFL, AFL and af2), he knows that being an active member of the community is equally as important as being a team player.
After graduating from Clemson University, he spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, followed by two seasons in af2 with the Manchester Wolves. During his time in Manchester, McKelvey set several team records including receptions (138), scoring (298) and receiving touchdowns (44). Afterwards, he came to the AFL and is now entering his second season as a member of the Philadelphia Soul.
During the off-season for the Soul, he returns to Manchester to assist the Wolves' front office staff. He makes a contribution by attending promotional events, assisting ticket sales and attending practices.
"Being around the whole team is just so much fun," McKelvey said. "I love being around football, so being involved with them is really important."
Due to the strong commoradory between McKelvey and his former teammates, he chose to work with them and the Easter Seals at the conclusion of the af2 season.
"To get involved with as many kids as I can is my goal because I want to help them out as much as possible," he said. "The job is really great. There are kids that understand you and where you are coming from so they can relate to you."
McKelvey helps the Easter Seals by taking students to job sites, homework assistance and carpooling to and from school.
"As far as character, he is liked by everyone, works hard and is always positive," head coach Bret Munsey said about McKelvey.
Once training camp begins, he will return to the City of Brotherly Love and looks forward to continuing his service with the Easter Seals, as there are talks of starting a Philadelphia chapter.
Entering his second season in the Keystone State, McKelvey has high expectations for a team that ended last year one game shy of the ArenaBowl. He also looks to produce much more than last season since he was sidelined for five games with a severe ankle sprain.
"We are expecting big things from him this season," Coach Munsey said. "He is now familiar with some of the players and will be looked upon as a leader."
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