Kelly's Induction Inspires Dorsey

University of Miami senior quarterback Ken Dorsey enters his senior season unanimously billed as one of the nation's leading Heisman Trophy hopefuls. Despite a career filled with accomplishments at every step, Dorsey still finds inspiration from those who are around him and former Miami Hurricanes who have succeeded at the highest level.

Former UM star Jim Kelly will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon in Canton, Ohio. Kelly is the third Miami Hurricane gridder to earn a place in the Hall, joining 1980 inductee Jim Otto (UM letterman from 1957-59) and 1990 inductee Ted Hendricks (UM letterman from 1966-68 and the school's only three-time first-team All-American).

Kelly's accomplishments have provided a steady source of inspiration for Dorsey throughout his college career and his success as a pro - both on and off the field - is also a model which Dorsey would like to emulate.

"It's very exciting to see someone who played quarterback at Miami get into the NFL Hall of Fame," Dorsey said. "He was a great player and is a great person. It's has to be exciting for his family."

Dorsey, who enters his senior season primed to break several Miami career passing records, prides himself on winning above all things. He finds a perfect role model in Kelly, a player who was instrumental in Miami's rise to national prominence in the late 1970's and early 1980's before leading the Buffalo Bills to four American Football Conference titles and Super Bowl berths.

Called by some the consummate winner on the college level, Dorsey is the latest of the modern-day Miami quarterbacks who have established a tradition of excellence over the last 25 years that is unmatched in college football. It's a legacy he's aware of and takes pride in protecting. Dorsey knows it all started with Kelly and he's quick to say that he doesn't see Miami's tradition of excellence ending any time soon.

"It really shows how great the tradition at the University of Miami is and I don't think that tradition is going to stop any time soon," Dorsey said. "We have great players here and more great players coming in and they're great guys. We're not the oldest school in the country, but it shows that we have had some great players here."

Dorsey and the Hurricanes take great pride in the heritage established by great players like Jim Kelly, but they aren't resting on tradition. They want to make more history by becoming the first Miami team to earn consecutive national titles. On Saturday, the Hurricanes will gain inspiration from Kelly's induction.

"It's great to see him have his day," Dorsey said. "And it's really amazing to see that success at Miami can lead to the ultimate in football."

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