The 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony is taking place today in Canton, Ohio, and it will be an emotional great as seven new members join the elite class of football history.
Before the seven-man class is inducted into the Hall of Fame, all of the current Hall of Fame players who are in attendance were introduced to the crowd.
That includes former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who is currently battling cancer.
When Kelly was introduced to the crowd full of Bills fans who are there for tomorrow’s Hall of Fame game to kick off the preseason, he received a standing ovation.
Kelly acknowledged the crowd and his peers on stage even stood to give him a round of applause.
Jim Kelly gets a standing ovation from the crowd and from his fellow HOFers. pic.twitter.com/CsgjigKDQD
— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) August 2, 2014
The cheers kept coming for Kelly and he actually had to get back out of his chair to acknowledge the cheers yet again.
Jim Kelly just received rare double standing ovation when introduced at HOF induction. Cheer lasted so long they sat down and got back up.
— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) August 2, 2014
It was a truly special moment and goes to show how the entire NFL community has rallied behind Kelly since his diagnosis.
Kelly is still fighting, but he has an unrivaled support system and everyone is pulling for him to get back to 100 percent health.