Apr 26, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills first round draft pick quarterback E.J. Manuel and former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly at the press conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Kelly, Former Bills Quarterback, Diagnosed With Cancer

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly has been diagnosed with cancer of the upper jaw, he announced on Monday. Kelly was one of the best players to ever sport the Bills uniform and the news has sent some shockwaves through the fan base.

Kelly released a statement on his health via the team’s official website:

“This past couple of weeks has been difficult for me and because of the nature of social media I thought it would be best to share with everyone what has been going on with my health. I was recently diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) of the upper jaw bone. I have undergone tests which have shown that the cancer is isolated to my upper jaw and has not spread to other parts of my body. Surgery is scheduled for June 7th and doctors have told me that the prognosis for my recovery is very good.

With the excellent medical care that I will be receiving and the loving care of my wife Jill and my daughters Erin and Camryn and the support of my entire family and friends, I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kelly’s always do, with toughness, perseverance and faith.

I want to thank everyone who has offered their prayers and would appreciate any prayers said for me and my family moving forward. May God continue to bless you and our family.”

Thankfully, doctors believe that the diagnosis is good.

We want to extend our well wishes to Kelly and hope that he is able to make a full and speedy recovery.

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