Jim Kelly returns to Buffalo for cancer treatment, posts reassuring video

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Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is back in Buffalo and will remain there as he receives treatment for his sinus cancer.

“Jim is coming back, and he wants to fight cancer here in Buffalo,” said his brother Dan Kelly. “He’ll be continuing all his treatments here in Buffalo.”

Jim is fighting cancer for the second time and had been receiving treatment in New York City. He completed his first round of chemotherapy earlier this month and is set for two more chemo treatments. He’s also receiving radiation five times a week.

Kelly’s wife Jill posted this reassuring video her husband recorded to her Instagram account:

Kelly has also been approached by multiple groups interested in buying the Bills, according to The Buffalo News. He is said to be very interested in joining one of the ownership groups, though his top priority is getting healthy for now.

Photo: Twitter/BuffaloBills

Jim Kelly’s chemotherapy postponed due to fever


Jim Kelly was scheduled to begin radiation therapy to treat his recurring cancer on Monday, but the treatments have been postponed. Kelly’s brother Dan told Tim Graham of The Buffalo News that Jim has been battling a fever.

Kelly’s chemotherapy has been moved to next Monday. He is scheduled for a seven-week program.

The Buffalo Bills legend was first diagnosed with cancer of the upper jaw last year. At the time, the cancer had not spread and could thus be surgically removed. Last month, Kelly’s family announced that his cancer had returned rather aggressively and was causing him a lot of pain.

Kelly was initially expected to undergo another surgery, but he later revealed that he has several microscopic tumors that cannot be removed surgically. Instead, Kelly will undergo chemotherapy. His doctor has called the cancer “very treatable and potentially curable.”

“If he’s saying it,” Kelly told SI’s Peter King when asked about his doctor’s diagnosis. “I hope so. I just know there’s a lot of work to do, to shrink the cancer. I just pray it works. If you hear I’m about to have surgery, then you know it’s working. That’s the goal. But it won’t be an easy operation.”

Our thoughts remain with Kelly and his family during this incredibly challenging time.

H/T Sporting News

Jim Kelly has aggressive cancer, is in ‘a lot of pain’


Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is preparing to undergo surgery in New York City for his cancer recurrence. Kelly was first diagnosed with cancer last June, when part of his jaw and teeth were removed to treat oral cancer. It has since returned and Kelly’s family said the cancer has spread and is aggressive.

According to WIVB in Buffalo, a family friend described Kelly as “in bad shape.” Doctors wanted to see him immediately, so he is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Dennis DiPaolo, a friend of the Kelly family, said that Jim is in a lot of pain but is not letting it break his spirits.

“He’s like come on, don’t hang your heads,” DiPaolo said. “Like you walk in the room and he’s in a huddle and still commanding everyone and even if he’s trying to rest his eyes, he knows you’re there and he goes, ‘Thanks for coming you guys.’ He’s just a remarkable individual.”

Kelly was surrounded by family over the weekend. His daughter Erin posted the photo you see above on Instagram with the following caption:

“Watching the Syracuse game with daddy. He’s my buddy! Love him so much!! #daddysgirl #prayersforjk #Kellytough.”

Our thoughts are with Kelly and his family.

Jim Kelly: Aaron Hernandez situation ‘sad,’ New England Patriots are ‘vulnerable’

Jim-Kelly-BillsThe most important takeaway from the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation is that a 27-year-old man lost his life at the hands of a cold-blooded killer. However, the reality of the situation is that Hernandez’s arrest will have major implications for the New England Patriots and the NFL. The Patriots’ passing attack has taken a major hit, and Jim Kelly does not feel bad about it.

The Buffalo Bills legend admitted on Thursday that he’ll take the help for his team any way it comes.

“I don’t really feel too sorry for them because sooner or late the Bills got to rise to the top, and if we have to take it that way?” Kelly told NFL AM, via Tim Graham of The Buffalo News. “Oh, well.”

No one could have anticipated a murder investigation, but the Patriots knew the risk they were taking in drafting Hernandez. I’m sure they don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for them after the way it turned out. Couple the losses of Hernandez, Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd with Rob Gronkowski’s questionable health and Kelly feels that the Pats have their work cut out for them.

“They’re very vulnerable from the standpoint if you look at what Tom Brady’s lost,” he said. “When you lose a Wes Welker, that’s going to hurt. There’s no doubt. They have to feel something when it comes to losing their four, five top receivers.”

As for Hernandez himself, Kelly described the situation as “very, very sad” and expressed condolences to the victim’s family.

“Stupidity,” he said. “What are you thinking? This is a society today where you have to watch what you do, watch what you say. If this holds true, man, it’s a sad day not only for Hernandez’s family, but for the NFL in general.”

Amen. Hernandez’s defense seemingly gets worse by the day. So does New England’s roster. Most people operate under the assumption that Bill Belichick and Brady always figure it out, but it may not be that simple this time around. Time will tell.

H/T Ben Volin

Jim Kelly diagnosed with cancer: ‘I know I’ll beat it’

Jim-Kelly-BillsFormer Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has been diagnosed with cancer of the upper jaw. The 53-year-old announced on Monday through the Bills website that he has Squamous-cell carcinoma, but that it fortunately has not spread to other parts of his body.

“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,” Kelly said. “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.”

It’s always frightening to hear that someone has cancer, but the fact that doctors are optimistic about his recovery should certainly provide some relief. Kelly told Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News that he was alarmed by the news but is ready to fight through it.

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

“I’ve been to the top many, many times, and I’ve been to the bottom 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.”

They say a person’s mental state is much of the battle when trying to beat cancer, so we’re happy to hear Kelly feels he is prepared for the challenge. Here’s hoping he has a full and speedy recovery.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Jim Kelly doesn’t know what the Jets were thinking by signing Tim Tebow

It has been more than three months since the Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Broncos, and the critics have for the most part quieted down. Once training camp begins, all eyes will be on New York with people wondering what role Tebow will have in the Jets offense and whether or not the quarterback situation will become a distraction for the rest of the team. But for now, we simply have to settle for people like Jim Kelly talking about what a mistake the Jets made.

“I gotta be honest: I don’t know what (the Jets) really were thinking,” Kelly told NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Thursday according to Around the League. “Mark Sanchez is a quarterback who’s going to be sitting there every single game if he plays bad, and No. 1, you know Jets fans — they’re going to start booing.

“I think (there’s) a lot of pressure on Sanchez to not only start off hot — but continue game after game after game playing steady. If he doesn’t, you know you’re going to hear the boo birds. People want Tim Tebow in there. I like them both. I thought Sanchez was a very good quarterback coming on. If I was a general manager or president or owner of the team, I wouldn’t have done that (trade) unless I got rid of Sanchez. But I think he’s a good enough quarterback to be there.”

Kelly is not the first former quarterback to question the move, but people are forgetting that this is probably what the Jets wanted. Sanchez has improved slightly in each of his three years as the full-time starter, but his quarterback rating was only 78.2 last season in a year where quarterbacks were lighting up the scoreboard. Tebow is not only a marketing machine, he also puts pressure on Sanchez to perform. If Sanchez can’t handle that pressure, he’s probably not fit to be playing in New York anyway.

Jim Kelly instrumental in recruiting Mario Williams to Buffalo Bills

The Bills managed to land one of the best players on the free agents market, signing defensive end Mario Williams to a six-year deal Thursday. The contract includes a staggering $50 million guaranteed, and is reportedly worth a maximum of $100 million. It’s been a while since the Bills attracted a major free agent to Buffalo, and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is a big reason why.

Kelly, who played all 11 seasons of his NFL career with the Bills, helped recruit Williams.

“Seeing Jim Kelly was a big plus for me and he did some heavy recruiting,” Williams said at his press conference Thursday.

Williams also told SI’s Peter King that a visit to Kelly’s house helped convince him Buffalo would be a fine place to live.

The money Buffalo offered was probably tough to turn down, but feeling at home with the Bills probably sealed the deal with Mario. Even though Kelly hasn’t played for the Bills since 1996, it’s nice that he’s so involved with trying to help the franchise.

With Mario Williams, Marcel Dareus, and Kyle Williams recovering from injury, the Bills will have one of the best defensive lines in football.

Below is a picture of Kelly in attendance for the Mario Williams press conference:

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