Hearing that you have been diagnosed with cancer is something we all wish to never face. Jim Kelly, former Buffalo Bills quarterback, is now face to face with cancer for a third time, since 2013.
Kelly was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft in the first round. However, he chose to sign a contract with the Houston Gamblers in the United States Football League (USFL). During his two year stint with the Gamblers the former Miami Hurricane threw for 9,842 yards and 83 touchdowns. In 1985, the USFL folded and Kelly then signed with the Bills prior to the 1986 NFL season. Kelly led the NFL in passing yards 1990 and led the AFC in 1991. During his 1990 campaign, he maintained a 101.2 passer rating, becoming just the fifth quarterback to have a rating over 100 since the system was introduced in 1973. There is no wonder why Kelly is iconic to Buffalo fans as he led the team to 8 postseasons and 4 consecutive Super Bowls. Over his 11 year career he posted a 84.4 passer rating, 35,467 passing yards, 2,874 completions, and 237 touchdowns. Inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Kelly was known for being a strong-armed quarterback with a linebacker’s mentality.
Having a linebacker’s mentality to continuously fight is what must keep Kelly going on his ongoing battle against Cancer. In June 2013, he was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. After undergoing a procedure, he was told that he had overcome the cancer. However, less than a year later, during a follow-up he was told that the cancer had returned. Kelly defeated the cancer once again and during the summer of 2014, he was declared cancer free. Thursday, the former quarterback announced that the cancer has returned. Kelly, now 58, has the support of his family, the Buffalo Bills and thousands of fans as the #BillsMafia continues to use #KellyStrong to show their support for the Kelly family.
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