Jim Kelly diagnosed with cancer, prognosis for recover is ‘very good’

Buffalo Bills first round draft pick quarterback E.J. Manuel and former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly at the press conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Buffalo Bills first round draft pick quarterback E.J. Manuel and former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly at the press conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

The “Big C” has hit one of the NFL legends in quarterback Jim Kelly (University of Miami).

Kelly, who starred for the Buffalo Bills from 1986 to 1996, has been diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma of the upper jaw bone.

He released a statement through the Bills organization, providing fans with details on the road ahead:

“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.”

According to doctors, Kelly’s prognosis for a full recovery is “very good.”

From the entire Gamedayr Team, we wish Kelly the best as he prepares to tackle one of life’s biggest enemies.

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