Kelly was introduced by Hurricanes radio analyst Don Bailey Jr., who was the center when Kelly played for Miami from 1979 to '82.
Kelly, who has regained his health after a two-year battle with cancer, thanked the crowd for all the prayers that were sent his way. He said that despite playing for the Buffalo Bills, division rivals of the Miami Dolphins, "this will always be my home."
He also spoke glowingly of new Miami football coach Mark Richt, who served as the Hurricanes' backup quarterback during Kelly's time at Miami.
"I am so excited about where our football program is headed," Kelly said. "To have a guy like [new head coach] Mark Richt leading the charge for The U, you cannot ask for anything better."