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Jim Kelly is cancer-free


Jim Kelly, the Hall of Famer who quarterbacked the Bills for 11 seasons, revealed today that doctors told him he’s cancer-free.

“This is some of the greatest news I’ve ever gotten,” Kelly said in a statement. “It’s been a long road, and I’m still not back to one hundred percent, but I have a lot to be thankful for.”

Kelly had part of his jaw surgically removed in 2013 after he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. This year cancer reappeared, and he was required to undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

But last month doctors told Kelly they saw no evidence of cancer after an examination, and today he was told that a series of biopsies revealed that the cancer is gone. Kelly has been through a lot in the last two years, but he can now celebrate that he’s returning to health.

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93 Responses to “Jim Kelly is cancer-free”
  1. 12444uggg says: Sep 4, 2014 4:54 PM

    Hi Fives all around!

  2. weepingjebus says: Sep 4, 2014 4:55 PM

    Great news!

  3. uknowimright1 says: Sep 4, 2014 4:55 PM


  4. blacknole08 says: Sep 4, 2014 4:56 PM


  5. enkay85 says: Sep 4, 2014 4:56 PM

    Great news!

  6. jtrysnicky says: Sep 4, 2014 4:57 PM

    Great news! God bless Jimbo!! Gonna be a great year for the Bills now!! Look out Bears!

  7. punterturnedpiratelouieaguiarrr says: Sep 4, 2014 4:57 PM

    This is wonderful, jaw-dropping news!

  8. iberiasaint says: Sep 4, 2014 4:57 PM


  9. schoman57 says: Sep 4, 2014 4:57 PM

    Awesome news!

  10. sindiegosage says: Sep 4, 2014 4:57 PM

    Kelly Tough!

  11. coreyb3p says: Sep 4, 2014 4:58 PM



  12. the1849ers says: Sep 4, 2014 4:58 PM

    Hopefully his cancer gets beaten 4 years in a row.

  13. obsessedvikingfan says: Sep 4, 2014 4:59 PM

    Great news. Here is hoping it doesn’t return.

  14. jimmysee says: Sep 4, 2014 5:01 PM

    Congrats! I’m in the same boat. Enjoy life. Every day.

  15. jeagan1999 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:02 PM

    Irishmen never quit! Congrats, Jim…live life well!

  16. patriotsdefense says: Sep 4, 2014 5:03 PM

    Great news to kick start the official kickoff of the 2014 season.

  17. i10east says: Sep 4, 2014 5:05 PM

    Stay well Jim!!!

  18. scothawk says: Sep 4, 2014 5:05 PM

    So happy for him and his family.

  19. Waxxx4321 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:06 PM

    Dedication isnt just established on the football field its established through trials and tribulations of every day life. Congrats! Keep it going Kelly.

  20. arminscopyofswank says: Sep 4, 2014 5:07 PM

    Way to go Mr. Kelly!

  21. gojags says: Sep 4, 2014 5:07 PM

    Great news. I wish him beat the cancer plenty more years.

  22. billsfan66 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:07 PM

    Good news Jimbo!!

  23. pisano says: Sep 4, 2014 5:08 PM

    God bless him, no one deserves this awful disease. I’m so happy for Jim and his family.

  24. bullcharger says: Sep 4, 2014 5:09 PM

    Such great news!!!! Way to fight it Jim!

  25. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 4, 2014 5:10 PM

    Wow this is wonderful to hear, congratulations!

  26. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 4, 2014 5:14 PM

    ..always nice to read a good story here now and then…

  27. nostalgicsound says: Sep 4, 2014 5:14 PM

    Glory be to God!!!

  28. nosleeptilsb says: Sep 4, 2014 5:15 PM

    Hope the rest of your days are blessed, you’ve been through hell and back, time to write it all down.

  29. towniesman says: Sep 4, 2014 5:16 PM

    From a die hard Pats fan Jim that’s the best news I’ve heard all off season an that includes signing Revis….God speed Kelly Tough

  30. pgilbert15303 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:18 PM

    That’s great news jimmy Football!

  31. wisbadgfan says: Sep 4, 2014 5:21 PM

    It doesn’t matter if we are Packers, Giants, Jets fans ect……… we are all Jim Kelly fans—-best news I have heard all day.

  32. robmix8 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:26 PM

    praise God

  33. 2difshoe says: Sep 4, 2014 5:27 PM

    Great news, better man, congrats Mr. Kelly !


  34. upperdecker19 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:27 PM


  35. wittenisgod says: Sep 4, 2014 5:29 PM

    I actually smiled when I saw this!!

  36. patriotsarespygaters says: Sep 4, 2014 5:29 PM

    Thank god for that gr8 news maybe he can start for the Jill’s because EJ is not the answer

  37. youpeopleareallthesame says: Sep 4, 2014 5:31 PM

    That’s what’s up, good for Jim Kelly!

  38. baldy55 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:33 PM

    Love to the Kelly’s from the New York Jets and all their fans.

  39. canuckinamerica says: Sep 4, 2014 5:34 PM

    Terrific news for a class guy.

  40. longtimefanhtr says: Sep 4, 2014 5:34 PM


  41. kj777 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:37 PM

    Great news for a great guy!

  42. barrywhererufrom says: Sep 4, 2014 5:37 PM

    Yipee!! Great news!!! Hope all cancer patients hear those words cancer free!!

  43. jbravo2312 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:39 PM

    YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!

  44. zeeman911 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:39 PM

    Congrats Jim, live long and prosper!

  45. cjnbsc says: Sep 4, 2014 5:40 PM

    Wonderful news for him and his family.

  46. futbawl says: Sep 4, 2014 5:40 PM

    Great news for a great guy. I hope Jim has many more years left on this earth.

  47. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 4, 2014 5:43 PM

    Best news of the day!

  48. chapnastier says: Sep 4, 2014 5:44 PM

    Always loved Jim Kelly and all of the Bills from the 90’s. Classy guys and Kelly deserves credit for being their leader.

  49. carl lafong says: Sep 4, 2014 5:46 PM

    So happy for Jim and his family, it’s been rough for them.

  50. bigfella87 says: Sep 4, 2014 5:54 PM

    Badass way to open football season! Congrats Jim! Great news.

  51. chicocharger says: Sep 4, 2014 5:55 PM

    That’s great news!

  52. bigbaldpapahawk says: Sep 4, 2014 6:00 PM

    Way to fight Jim! God bless you brother.

  53. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 4, 2014 6:03 PM

    congrats Jim!!! However….When doctors say you are cancer free somehow it comes back with a vengance!!

    Hope you stay cancer free Jim!!!

  54. gslumbers says: Sep 4, 2014 6:05 PM

    Definition of Champion: Jim Kelly. Way to kick it’s ass —KellyStrong!

  55. bengalguy says: Sep 4, 2014 6:08 PM

    Great news Jimbo!

  56. rdav29 says: Sep 4, 2014 6:09 PM

    Best news of the day

  57. iamkillerfin says: Sep 4, 2014 6:09 PM

    From a Fins fan that is EXCELLENT NEWS!!! KELLY STRONG!!! GO FINS!!!

  58. war71 says: Sep 4, 2014 6:15 PM

    Now this is a headline I like reading. Great News! Best wishes to Jim Kelly and his family.

  59. oldcracker says: Sep 4, 2014 6:20 PM

    God bless Jim and the Kelly family. My wife just went through this a couple of years ago. We know how the Kelly family feels.

    Praise God and his love.

  60. mrgroovesd says: Sep 4, 2014 6:20 PM

    Right on! Always good news when you are cancer free!

  61. jjrs89 says: Sep 4, 2014 6:30 PM

    Now its his turn to pay it forward and save the bills from bon jovi and canada!

  62. lunarpie says: Sep 4, 2014 6:48 PM

    Count your blessings Jim!

    They sure weren’t around when you lost those four Super Bowls.

  63. kwjsb says: Sep 4, 2014 6:49 PM

    Bills have a real started now !!

  64. BigTimeOperator says: Sep 4, 2014 6:49 PM

    God bless Jim Kelly. Man, after watching that thing on tv the other day i wanted to go buy a Bills jersey.

  65. dannyninerfan says: Sep 4, 2014 6:55 PM

    Absolutely the best news all year in football. As a 49er fan, the only AFC team I truly rooted for was the 90s Buffalo Bills, mostly because of you, Jim. You are my third favorite QB of all time (sorry, Joe and Steve got you beat.) God bless you and your family. We should all be “Kelly Strong”.

  66. briang123 says: Sep 4, 2014 6:58 PM

    I lost my right leg to cancer. I am cancer-free. I know how Jim Kelly feels today, and my daughters know how his feel today.

  67. mailcall2 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:06 PM

    …Luck of the Irish! May God Continue to Bless you, Mr. Kelly!

  68. bradygirl12 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:12 PM

    This is fantastic news! I’m sorry for all the pain and misery you have suffered,Jim Kelly. You’ve once again lived up to the term #KellyTough! Now you can concentrate on keeping the Bills in Buffalo…

  69. billsboy88 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:15 PM

    Best news the bills fans have gotten in a long offseason. You the man, Jim!

  70. isphet71 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:42 PM

    NICE!!! Way to hang in there, man! Talk about persevering through some dark times…

  71. Moudabo says: Sep 4, 2014 7:51 PM

    That’s great news… Stay well Jim Kelly.

  72. broncostevenp says: Sep 4, 2014 8:06 PM

    Great news! I’m very happy for Jim and his family.

  73. mrtullymars says: Sep 4, 2014 8:13 PM

    Awesome news! God bless Jim Kelly and his family.

  74. rajbais says: Sep 4, 2014 8:20 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a better guy. 🙂

  75. bricktop02 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:46 PM

    Way to go Jim. Never give up the fight.

  76. canetic says: Sep 4, 2014 9:18 PM


  77. joemac1114 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:22 PM

    Happy for Jim, and his family. Stay well.

  78. banky74 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:49 PM

    Very, very happy to hear this. Stay healthy, Jim.

  79. leatherface2012 says: Sep 4, 2014 10:15 PM

    and yet the whole world still revolves around green bay 13 time world champs….7 of which were won before the stock market crash of 29

  80. viggyhead says: Sep 4, 2014 11:00 PM

    I’m glad

  81. patriotwayrules says: Sep 4, 2014 11:04 PM

    Great News for Kelly and his family. Good Luck

  82. zydecos34 says: Sep 4, 2014 11:04 PM

    Kelly Strong!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good fight!!!!!!!!

  83. wnstonchill says: Sep 4, 2014 11:49 PM


  84. vesh31 says: Sep 5, 2014 6:13 AM

    Kelly Strong. The lord works in great ways.

  85. brownsmakemecrazy says: Sep 5, 2014 6:49 AM

    Great news! So happy for Jim Kelly and his family.

  86. bunjy96 says: Sep 5, 2014 7:18 AM

    One of the good guys finally wins one!

  87. dobreshunka says: Sep 5, 2014 8:33 AM

    Praise the surgeons whose expertise cured him, praise the scientists whose brilliance developed the cancer-fighting drugs, praise his family for their love & support, and finally, praise Jim for fighting it like a champ.

  88. garbear25 says: Sep 5, 2014 8:37 AM

    Nice, great to hear

  89. ed3557 says: Sep 5, 2014 8:53 AM

    As a Bengals fan since their inception, I had a chance to see Kelly’s entire career; he was a great, very underrated player and always a class act in every respect. This is wonderful news and it couldn’t happen to a nicer, better man!

  90. bohste says: Sep 5, 2014 8:56 AM

    What wonderful news for a classy human being! Our prayers were answered. Stay healthy, my friend.

  91. southpaw2k says: Sep 5, 2014 9:33 AM

    Not ashamed to admit this – I shed a tear of joy for Jim Kelly when I saw this headline. I’m not a Bills fan and I certainly don’t know him personally, but this is the best news this week.

  92. denverdude7 says: Sep 5, 2014 10:26 AM

    Congratulations Jim. Stay healthy.

    By the way… I STILL don’t forgive you for beating my Broncos in that 1992 playoff game.

  93. skeeterbarnes says: Sep 5, 2014 11:29 AM

    How do people “thumbs down” such great news? I expect the snide “Come play QB for the Bills because what we have now sucks” and the religious comments that people may or may not agree with to get voted down. But really, he’s a human being who has been through a really rough stretch. But the generic “I’m happy for you” or “Glad you and your family are able to celebrate this” don’t deserve the negativity. Go spread your trolling crap elsewhere. There’s gotta be a Manziel thread somewhere.

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