Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly diagnosed with cancer
Despite the troubling news, the 2002 Hall of Fame inductee expressed confidence in his recovery. "It's just another challenge for me," Kelly said, "and I know I'll beat it."
Fortunately, the cancer is isolated in Kelly's jaw, and has not spread elsewhere in his body. Kelly will undergo surgery in Buffalo on Friday to remove part of his jaw. After the procedure, doctors will determine whether or not chemotherapy will be required. Doctors say his prognosis for recovery is very good.
Despite his confidence in a successful recovery, Kelly did admit that the diagnosis has been scary. "When you hear the word 'cancer,' it automatically scares you," Kelly said. "It not only scared me, but my family. But it's like everything - it's another river to cross, another stumbling block. I've been to the top many times, and I've been to the bottom. It's just one of the roller coaster rides I've been on throughout my life."
While some people remember Kelly best for losing Super Bowls (0-4 career record), he is also a five-time Pro Bowl quarterback who holds just about every significant franchise passing record for the Bills. He was a great player, and has continued to make a positive impact on society since his retirement from the NFL. Kelly is the founder of Hunter's Hope, a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for Krabbe disease. Kelly also runs a football camp for kids ages 8-18 that now hosts over 500 campers a year.
As I said before, doctors believe that Kelly's prognosis for recovery is good, but we obviously give him our best wishes anyway. ESPN's Adam Schefter said it best on Monday morning: "Cancer is messing with the wrong guy."