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Dan Marino says Jim Kelly is staying tough as he fights cancer

Dan Marino and Jim Kelly both grew up in Pittsburgh, became college football stars, first-round picks in the 1983 NFL draft and Pro Football Hall of Famers. Now as Kelly battles cancer, Marino is in his corner.

Marino told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News that he visited Kelly in the hospital and found a tough guy who’s fighting for his life.

It’s hard to even understand what he’s going through,” Marino said. “Jim is a dear friend. You just wish the best for him. He’s a tough guy, you know? He’s at a point in his life that — he’s won a lot of football games and whatever — he’s in the fight for his life. He’ll win.”

Jim’s wife, Jill Kelly, posted a photo of Marino along with Kelly’s University of Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger and former Bills General Manager Bill Polian during a hospital visit. The picture shows the toll that chemotherapy has taken on Kelly, who shaved his head after he began to lose his hair and has lost weight.

“You’re so used to seeing Jim as a strong man,” Marino said. “But he’s going to get better. All we can do is pray for him and hope for the best.”

All football fans are wishing Kelly the best.

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58 Responses to “Dan Marino says Jim Kelly is staying tough as he fights cancer”
  1. punkyqb says: Jun 2, 2014 6:21 PM

    Good luck Jim!!!

  2. noeffinway says: Jun 2, 2014 6:25 PM

    Kick it’s ass, Jim!

  3. casurferho says: Jun 2, 2014 6:25 PM

    You are a winner Jim! Much love!

  4. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jun 2, 2014 6:27 PM

    Jim Kelly is one of my all time favorite NFL players ! One of the highest forms of praise is simply to be described as a gentleman ! Jim makes me long for the days of an NFL that was constructed mainly of gentleman ! Gentleman Jim get well !

  5. 700levelvet says: Jun 2, 2014 6:27 PM

    Could care less he played football… But as a father to his children… I wish him all the best…fight on

  6. flappy5 says: Jun 2, 2014 6:33 PM

    Determination has soul. Fight on.

  7. charman11 says: Jun 2, 2014 6:36 PM

    hang in there Jim, keep strong.

  8. bmadormo says: Jun 2, 2014 6:37 PM

    Your in my prayers Jimbo

  9. barrywhererufrom says: Jun 2, 2014 6:38 PM

    As a Jet fan I saw first hand Jim defeat our team on final drives. Jim we are all rooting for you to kick cancers ass!!

    God Bless!!

  10. zeeman911 says: Jun 2, 2014 6:39 PM

    Good luck jimmy boy!

  11. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 2, 2014 6:52 PM

    Prayers for Jim Kelly. Great player and person.

  12. bradygirl12 says: Jun 2, 2014 6:57 PM

    You got this,Jim Kelly…keep fighting!

  13. j0esixpack says: Jun 2, 2014 7:01 PM

    He’s already “won” as far as I’m concerned, taking on a battle many of us have, or will face, and doing so with grace and strength, providing a great example for all.

  14. godblessfootball says: Jun 2, 2014 7:04 PM

    Keep fighting Jim!

  15. gojetsgo33 says: Jun 2, 2014 7:06 PM

    Good luck!!

  16. skoobyfl says: Jun 2, 2014 7:08 PM

    Jim can defeat anything !!

  17. nfceastisbeast says: Jun 2, 2014 7:09 PM

    Jim was always one tough dude, he’ll beat this.

  18. chinahand11 says: Jun 2, 2014 7:15 PM

    You can do it Jim!

  19. backdapack4evr says: Jun 2, 2014 7:18 PM

    Prayers go out for a class act Jim Kelly

  20. armorgan67 says: Jun 2, 2014 7:27 PM

    I’m praying for Kelly. I know what he’s going thru first hand. I’m a 2 time cancer survivor who had to go thru chemo both times. I didn’t have the cancer he has but I’m glad they are able to treat it and hopefully he makes a full recovery like I did. Stay strong Jim.

  21. obsessedvikingfan says: Jun 2, 2014 7:28 PM

    As a 3 time cancer survivor myself, I wish him the best. I was just lucky enough to not need chemo or radiation for any of mine. My last one was just in April.

    Good luck Jim.

  22. nouhoh64 says: Jun 2, 2014 7:31 PM

    “You’re so used to seeing Jim as a strong man,” Marino said.. Hey, Dan. Not disrespect but I still see Jim as a strong man…keep fighting Gambler!

  23. nouhoh64 says: Jun 2, 2014 7:31 PM

    “You’re so used to seeing Jim as a strong man,” Marino said.. Hey, Dan. No disrespect but I still see Jim as a strong man…keep fighting Gambler!

  24. bucsorbust says: Jun 2, 2014 7:31 PM

    Godspeed Jim!
    Move those chains!

  25. daaabears says: Jun 2, 2014 7:35 PM

    Here’s to Jim (and anybody fighting) many more years of health.

  26. 4thqtrsaint says: Jun 2, 2014 7:39 PM

    I am 100% pulling for Kelly. I’m a fan of him as a player & a person.

  27. justintuckrule says: Jun 2, 2014 7:53 PM

    They might have collectively gone 0-5 in the big game but if Kelly can go 1-0 here, everyone will take it.

  28. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jun 2, 2014 7:57 PM

    Hang in there Jim. You’ll succeed!

  29. tomthebombtracy says: Jun 2, 2014 8:02 PM

    Great solidarity between Pittsburgh bred QBs..six in the HOF…Blanda, Johnny U, Namath, Marino, Montana and Kelly. Prayers for Jim.

  30. tellemallrex says: Jun 2, 2014 8:07 PM

    Prayers sent!

  31. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jun 2, 2014 8:16 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to Jim, his family, and the Bills organization during this tough time. Hang in there Jim and kick cancers a••!

  32. theuncletodd says: Jun 2, 2014 8:16 PM

    One of the Good Guys—kick that bastards ass

  33. tellthetruth1313 says: Jun 2, 2014 8:19 PM

    Special love from The “U”.

  34. doni609 says: Jun 2, 2014 8:21 PM

    A good christian, good husband and father. Jim deserves better and God willing will be cured of that terrible disease. Get well Jim!

  35. jdvalk says: Jun 2, 2014 8:29 PM

    All the best to Jim and his.

  36. johnnydom says: Jun 2, 2014 8:32 PM

    God Bless you Jim

  37. tomcous says: Jun 2, 2014 8:40 PM

    KELLY STRONG! … Stay tough Jim!!!

  38. Robert Chandler says: Jun 2, 2014 9:19 PM

    Easily one of the toughest-minded men in sports (or anywhere), if anyone has a great chance to beat this disease it is Jim Kelly. His courage int his battle has already served as an inspiration to so many. I pray he will stay the course, and kick Cancer. I believe he will persevere, hang tough and spit in the eye of this dreaded illness.

    Jim Kelly has always been tough and I have been in awe of how gracefully he has handled his battle with Cancer so far. Many are pulling for Jim and want this to result in a happy ending for him and his family.

  39. edithpiaf51 says: Jun 2, 2014 9:21 PM

    Prayers to Jim

  40. tonyc920 says: Jun 2, 2014 9:44 PM

    Better days to come Jim. Hang in there.

  41. patrick33706 says: Jun 2, 2014 9:49 PM

    Some remedies are worse than the diseases. Stay strong Jim…

  42. boycord says: Jun 2, 2014 10:00 PM

    God bless, Jim.

  43. 49erfan44 says: Jun 2, 2014 10:12 PM

    Best of luck to you Jim Kelly and family!

  44. brownsfan1946 says: Jun 2, 2014 10:30 PM

    0 and 4 in Super Bowls but it will be 1 and 0 against Cancer.

  45. babych99 says: Jun 2, 2014 10:57 PM

    Cancer Sucks. Get better Jim!

  46. fosnomore says: Jun 2, 2014 11:14 PM

    To be the first to run that no huddle offense to perfection and achieve so much success in your career is a testament to your drive and physical gifts. Godspeed in your successful fight.

  47. jlowery532 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:18 PM

    I wish the best for him and really hopes he makes it, but from that picture it looks like he fighting an uphill battle.

  48. thetooloftools says: Jun 2, 2014 11:21 PM

    Jim… you gave all, you over came all, just fight the good fight.
    God Bless You and Yours

  49. realmenwearstripes says: Jun 2, 2014 11:23 PM

    If there is one thing Jim Kelly is, it’s tough.

    He was my favorite QB to watch while I was growing up, and I am a Bengals fan. Sorry, Boomer.

    I remember getting his autograph in training camp ahead of the 1990 season. He was always a class act.

    Get well soon, Mr. Kelly.

  50. blowtorch1964 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:30 PM

    I hope for the best. Jim Kelly was a great competitor when he played and hopefully can beat the disease, he’s got a lot to live for and always handled himself well. The photo is a little alarming though. I’ll send up a prayer that he pulls through.

  51. dcapettini says: Jun 3, 2014 1:02 AM

    I’m not sure that I understand all this. Why aren’t the NCAA and the MLS also being sued? The NCAA had a lot more players than the NFL and soccer appears to result in a higher rate of concussions than football. Of course, the NFL has deeper pockets.

  52. kenstabler says: Jun 3, 2014 2:24 AM

    The guy will get through this. One of the best to play the game. Tough as they come. Always a field goal away. Not his fault though, he always put his team in shooting distance for the end.

    Praying for you. Get well.

  53. bricktop02 says: Jun 3, 2014 8:23 AM

    Stay strong Jim you can beat this.

  54. snakeskinsoul says: Jun 3, 2014 9:33 AM

    The Dawg-pound sends you nothing but love and warm wishes for a speedy recovery. God Bless

  55. joewilliesshnoz says: Jun 3, 2014 11:16 AM

    You the man, Jimmy !

  56. chicksdigthelongballs says: Jun 3, 2014 11:25 AM

    Praying every day for you and your family Jim Kelly

  57. troy43mvp says: Jun 3, 2014 12:33 PM

    Prayers Nonstop Jim Kelly!

  58. marykayrosborough says: Jun 3, 2014 4:24 PM

    Keep fighting, Jim and I will pray to God to pull you through this ordeal and get you back on your feet to be with your wife, daughters, family, relatives, friends and all of your fans. God Bless you!

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