Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Brian Kelley

Brian Kelley


  • Position: Linebacker
  • School: California Lutheran
  • High School: Sunny Hills HS (Fullerton, CA)
  • Years: 1969-1972
  • Inducted: 2010
  • Place of Birth: Dallas, TX
  • Date of Birth: Sep 01, 1951
  • Jersey Number: 90
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 230

Member Biography

A team leader and ferocious hitter, Brian Kelley becomes California Lutheran University's first-ever College Football Hall of Fame inductee. After leading the Kingsmen to the 1971 NAIA Division II National Championship and earning MVP honors in the victory, Kelley followed up his impressive junior campaign by being named an NAIA First Team All- America selection in 1972. The team co-captain and MVP was also selected to the NAIA District III Defensive First Team and the All-Lutheran College Defensive First Team as a senior. He finished his career with 17 interceptions, then a school record, and also contributed as a punter, averaging 34.6 yards per punt. He was also named the 1970 NAIA District III heavyweight wrestling champion. Playing for the New York Giants from 1973-83, Kelley became a member of one of the most renowned linebacker corps in NFL history - the "Crunch Bunch" - with Lawrence Taylor and fellow College Football Hall of Famers Brad Van Pelt and Harry Carson. The California native was the club's leading tackler from 1974-76.