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Utah's Kelly earns AFL weekly honor

May 2, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Utah Blaze News Release

SALT LAKE CITY - The Arena Football League Office announced Utah Blaze QB ANDY KELLY (6-3, 220, Tennessee) as Co-Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14. This marks the 13th time and the sixth different team with which Kelly has earned an AFL weekly award.

Kelly, who is in 13th AFL season, completed 25-of-33 passes for 312 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions in Utah's 63-52 victory against the Las Vegas Gladiators on Saturday night. He also passed New York's AARON GARCIA (757) to become the League's all-time leader in touchdown passes with a career total of 762. If you add his 19 touchdown passes from his NFL Europe playing days, Kelly is the all-time professional football touchdown passing leader with 781. (DAN MARINO holds the NFL mark with 420.)

"This is really a team honor," Kelly said. "The individual recognition and awards are nice, but getting the victory and making the playoffs would be more rewarding."

In just three games with Utah (6-8), Kelly is 3-0 as the starter and has helped lift the Blaze into playoff contention. Kelly, who is an April Player of the Month candidate, has completed 73-of-103 passes (61.4%) for 911 yards with 21 touchdowns and one interception.

Other weekly winners included: Colorado Crush OS DAMIAN HARRELL (Co-Offensive), New York Dragons WR/LB MIKE HORACEK (Ironman) and Columbus Destroyers WR/DB B.J. BARRE (ADT Defensive).

The Blaze continue their charge toward the postseason when they travel to play the Chicago Rush at Allstate Arena this week and return to the Delta Center to face expansion Kansas City on May 12. Tickets for the game are available at, the Delta Center box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (801) 325-SEAT or at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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