Former quarterback Jim Kelly rediagnosed with cancer
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSTORIUM)
3/25/2014 (3 years ago)
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Football Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to undergo another surgery to remove cancerous cells from his upper jaw, either on March 27th or April 1st.
Jim Kelly was quarterback for the Buffalo Bills for 11 seasons. In 2001 the team retired his number 12 jersey.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kelly revealed that he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in early June, 2013. Squamous cell carcinoma is a form of cancer that affects the skin usually, but can also be found in other organs. On June 7th of that year Kelly underwent surgery and was declared cancer free, but on March 14th, 20014 he revealed that the cancer had returned, and was aggressively spreading.
Kelly, who is 54, played for the Bills from 1986-'96, and took them to the Super Bowl from 1991-'94 though they lost all four. He holds the NFL's all-time record for most yards per completion in a single game (44), he also recorded a 101.2 passer rating in 1990 and led the league with 33 touchdown passes in 1991. He also set several, still standing records for the Bills, ending his 11 seasons with 2,874 completions for 4,779 attempts for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns. He also had 175 interceptions, and had rushed for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns.
He made the Pro Bowl in 1987 and 1990-'92 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.
Kelly has devoted much of his post-NFL life to his son, Hunter James Kelly, who was diagnosed with Krabbe disease shortly after birth in 1997, and died of the disease in 2005, at the age of eight.
Kelly established Hunter's Hope, a non-profit organization, in 1997 in order to raise awareness of the disease; he also created a company which produces sports paraphernalia with the proceeds going to Hunter's Hope. In addition, since 1988 Kelly has run a youth football camp, bringing in experienced coaches and players to work with 500 kids a year.
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