We had the good fortune of connecting with Reggie Kelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reggie, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Hello my name is Reggie Kelly and I am originally from Aberdeen, MS and a graduate of Mississippi State University. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a retired NFL player of 13 years with the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals. I am forever grateful for my two wonderful parents, Floyd and Newassa Kelly for raising me and making me the man I am today. They taught both my brother Floyd Jr. and I the importance of having a relationship with the Lord, being a man of your word and the importance of hard work. These core principles I have passed on to my own children and it’s so rewarding to see them blossom. My goal to leave a legacy that other may see Christ in me and to be a person of integrity.
What should our readers know about your business?
KYVAN Foods is a line of specialty products created by Former NFL Player Reggie Kelly. We have products that can cater to your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs. Products such as Honey Apple Salsa, Honey Apple Butter, Various Wing Sauces, Salad Dressing, Jambalaya Sauce and Seasonings. Our products are unique, full of flavor and made with LOVE. “One taste and you will appreciate the Goodness!” Reggie ‘took to heart’ his family’s advice, especially when He and his wife Sheila held football camps in their hometown of Aberdeen, MS. The football camps were designed to reward the kids who have excelled academically in the classroom. He also invited fellow NFL stars & coaches to volunteer and make the events special for the kids. True to form, after the camps, Reggie’s family cooked for the volunteers and they raved about the flavor and goodness of the meals. “Their responses were overwhelming and brought a smile to my face when they expressed their enjoyment of the meals and the difficulty of finding flavorful meals like these anywhere else,” said Reggie. Those compliments started the ‘wheels to churn’ in my mind and a light bulb flashed, prompting my wife and I to ‘come up’ with a great idea… a Soul Food Line!” KYVAN is a combination of my two kids’ names. “It’s my goal to pass down to my kids (Kyla & Kavan) and to everyone, the gift passed down to me. An Appreciation Of Good Food.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Lunch at Pappadeaux, tour of Georgia Aquarium and top it off with some yummy ice cream from Bruster’s. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Garry “Pearl” Pierce, Mentor Pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Center
2360 Mellon Ct. Decatur, GA 30035