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Anthony "Champ" Kelly enters his second season as Assistant Director of Player Personnel after spending two seasons as the Bears Director of Pro Scouting. In his current role, Kelly works collaboratively with Bears Director of Player Personnel Josh Lucas and College Scouting Director Mark Sadowski in directing both the Bears pro personnel and college scouting departments.
As the Bears Director of Pro Scouting, Kelly oversaw all pro player evaluations, the advance scouting process, free agency, and evaluated talent in all professional leagues including the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League. In addition, Kelly assists the college scouting staff with player evaluations and trades for the NFL draft.
Prior to joining the Bears, Kelly spent eight seasons with the Denver Broncos (2007-14), including the last five as Assistant Director of Pro Personnel. He originally joined the Broncos in 2007 and served as a Northeast region college scout (2007), and Assistant Coordinator of Pro and College Scouting (2008 – 09).
During Kelly's five season as the Broncos' Assistant Director of Pro Personnel, the Broncos won four AFC West Division titles (2011-14). In addition, the Broncos during his tenure as Assistant Director of Pro Personnel signed eight veteran free agents that went on to make the Pro Bowl, including two players—guard Louis Vasquez (2013) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (2014)—who earned their first career Pro Bowl selections after coming to Denver. Furthermore, in 2014, the Broncos became just the second team (Carolina, 1996) in NFL history to sign four veteran free agents in a single offseason who made the Pro Bowl in their first year with the club: Sanders, cornerback Aqib Talib, safety T.J. Ward and defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
Before entering the NFL, Kelly was a certified NFL contract advisor and general manager / wide receivers coach for the Lexington Horsemen of United Indoor Football (UIF). Under Kelly's leadership, the Horsemen won the United Bowl III.
A native of Campbellton, Fla., Kelly graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky and earned a master's degree in Business Administration from the school in 2003. He played wide receiver and defensive back at the University of Kentucky from 1998 – 01. He continued his playing career in the UIF, playing with the Horsemen from 2003-06. Kelly was a defensive standout and two-time first-team UIF All-Star. Kelly continued his playing career with the Horsemen from 2003-06 as a defensive standout and was a two-time first-team UIF All-Star. During his final season playing for the Horsemen in 2006, Kelly received the UIF Man of the Year Award in recognition for his leadership both on the field and in the community.
In addition to Kelly's background in football, he has also worked in corporate America for a fortune 100 company, IBM. Kelly worked for IBM in Lexington, KY, from May 2002 through July 2005 as a Software/Quality Engineer. Kelly received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Kentucky in 2001 and earned a master's degree in Business Administration from the school in 2003.
Kelly and his wife, Stephanie, have three daughters, Claire Alaina, Chloe Grace, and Caroline Elise. The Kelly family is also active in the community and founded a non-profit corporation, Heart Power, which has hosted youth programs in Colorado, Florida, and Kentucky.