Jim Kelly will perform the coin toss duties at next week’s Hall of Fame Game from Canton, Ohio, the Hall of Fame announced on Thursday.
The Buffalo Bills icon and Hall of Fame quarterback will serve as an honorary captain for the team in their game against the New York Giants as the NFL preseason gets underway Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. ET.
Kelly completed chemotherapy and radiation treatments in May as the 2002 Hall of Fame inductee battled sinus cancer which spread from his jaw.
“I have always said that God willing, I will be back in Canton every summer,” Kelly said. “This year especially, I am so thankful that I can be on hand to share in a great weekend that shines the spotlight on the Buffalo Bills. There isn’t a person more deserving of joining the Hall of Fame than my teammate and friend Andre Reed.”
“It is also a great honor for me to represent the Bills organization at the coin toss to kick off the season,” Kelly said. “The entire experience will bring back many great memories from 2002 when so many of the Bills family — fans, players, and staff — joined me in Canton for one of the most memorable times of my life.”
The ovation Kelly receives when he walks onto the field should be a moment that gets the NFL season kicked off in the right fashion and one of the bright spots of the entire year.
Joining Reed in the class this year for the Aug. 2 ceremony are Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams.