Feb. 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA: Buffalo Bills former quarterback Jim Kelly on the red carpet prior to the Super Bowl XLVII NFL Honors award show at Mahalia Jackson Theater. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Kelly on Cancer: I Will Beat This


News surfaced on Monday morning that former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly was diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) of the upper jaw bone. It was stunning to hear and Kelly addressed his health in a statement, and now he has opened up to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News even more about the scare when he first learned of his diagnosis.

When you hear the word cancer, it scares the crap out of you,” Kelly said. “It not only scared me, but it scared my family. But it’s just another river to cross, another stumbling block.”

Kelly will be undergoing surgery on Friday and he expressed a positive attitude moving forward.

“I’ve been to the top many, many times, and I’ve been to the bottom,” Kelly said, “and it’s one of those rollercoaster rides I’ve been on throughout my life, and it’s just another challenge for me.

“I know I’ll beat it.”

If Kelly can continue to be optimistic and think of only the best, it will go a long way towards his recovery. It’s great to see Kelly in good spirits and knowing that he is ready to approach this situation head on.

We continue to wish Kelly the best during his recovery.

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  • chas territo

    this is a non-story. i had this same sarcoma. simple oral surgery,in and out within a half hour. more of a nuisance than any kind of dangerous. mild to no pain, post surgery. talking with eff’s and vee words make you sound ridiculous. this cancer has no danger to it. so, please, give it a rest. GO BILLS!!