Jim Kelly announces his oral cancer has returned

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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly continues to battle cancer.

Kelly, who announced two years ago that he was cancer free after battling oral cancer for years, released a statement to his fans today confirming that his cancer has returned.

“As our family has faced many trials and triumphs throughout the years, you have blessed us with your prayers. We are asking for those prayers once again,” Kelly said. “The oral cancer we hoped would be gone forever has returned. Although I was shocked and deeply saddened to receive this news, I know God is with me. I continuously talk with the four F’s: Faith, Family, Friends and Fans. With all of you by my side, we will fight and win this battle together. Staying ‘Kelly Tough’ and trusting God will carry us through this difficult time.”

Kelly played his entire 11-season NFL career with the Bills and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, in 2002.

57 responses to “Jim Kelly announces his oral cancer has returned

  1. Well this I certainly didn’t want to hear. A great football player and a classy guy, who has borne this struggle with courage and grace, every time I read a negative comment on the Bills I ask people to remember this guy was the face of this franchise for years – and very good at it. Might not have the rings – rings don’t define everything for true competitors – but he certainly had the stats and the courage to lead. Here’s wishing him the courage to continue his fight. May it be one you win quickly.

  2. I think we all have experienced cancer through family or friends (if not ourselves)and it truly sucks. I wish nothing but the best for Jim to get through this.

  3. Cancer is so terrible. I wonder if anyone is every really truly “cancer free” after having had it. We all know someone who’s been impacted by it. I gotta think that anyone declared free of it probably still lives with a constant fear tucked in the back of their mind that it’ll come back one day.

    My best wishes to anyone going through it themselves or with someone else.

  4. Damn, I hate cancer. Took my mother a couple years ago. Best of luck to Kelly and best wishes to his family.

  5. Un f’n Real. Jim Kelly has gone through a ton and has overcome it all. Stay strong and prayers to the Kelly family that Jim will beat this horrible disease yet again.

  6. I had the same Cancer. Mine was in my gums. No moving parts to aggravate the on set of this Cancer. His is in his jaw which does have moving parts. I have been free of that Cancer for 6 plus years. I feel so sad for you Jim. STAY EVER STRONG!!

  7. Dear Jim our prayers are always going to be with you and people every ware who are suffering from this insidious disease. My dad,sister, grandfather and myself twice. It’s a fight we all must hope can be eradicated in our life time. God speed Jim Kelly.

  8. Cancer has taken so many people I care about including my dad. Keep fighting Jim. Maybe one day cancer will be something that can be permanently cured.

  9. Cancer isn’t something you “beat”. It’s something that you survive.
    One play at a time, and you will survive this again.

  10. This family has gone through so much. Yet they stay strong and have gotten closer each battle they fight. They are an inspiration, since so many don’t appreciate all they have and the family they were blessed with. Too often and too easily people bail on the ones they are supposed to love most…yet here you see a family who trust solely in God and and the love of each other. At some point you’d think they’d catch a break. The lesser people in this world should take a lesion about love and life from them

  11. You people that vote thumbs down are a real cancer too.

    We pray for him and his family. He is one tough dude

  12. banger69 says:
    March 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    Best wishes Jim, Keep fighting
    Can’t believe I see thumbs down on people’s comments, what is wrong with you people?
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    I’m trying to understand the thumbs down myself. It can’t be all people who dislike the Bills. I’m not a Bills fan, but Jim Kelly is a good guy and I don’t wish cancer on anyone-I lost both of my parents to it and I take it quite seriously.

    For those doing the dislikes just to be contrarians-I feel sorry for you.

  13. waynefontesismyfather says:

    March 1, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Who in the hell “down votes” any of these well wishes?
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    They seem to be in the 6-8 range which can only mean it has to be someone with multiple ID’s that doesn’t like anything “Buffalo”. Just a guess…….

  14. I was thinking the same…just someone being a pot stirrer. No matter who we are in this world, esp when this is really just a game and team, no one deserves cancer. His is EXTREMELY pain too. Just think how you feel when you have a minor thing like a head cold or sinus headache. This is a torture to endure.

  15. I just watched The Four Falls of Buffalo (30 for 30) and although it was great, remembering how unfreakingbelievably-stacked that Buffalo roster was, the most tragic yet triumphant story was held by Jim Kelly. Kelly Tough… I wish I was that tough.

  16. If the Thumbs Down are from someone with multiple IDs as billsbackto81 has suggested, all I can say is buddy-you need to get a life.

  17. I was thinking the same…just someone trying to instigate. No matter who we are in this world, esp when this is really just a game and team, no one deserves cancer. His is EXTREMELY painful too. Just think how you feel when you have a minor thing like a head cold or sinus headache. This is a torture to endure.

  18. Prayers to him and his family, I’ve lost my Father, Mother and Mother in-law to Cancer. On a football note – going to 4 straight Super Bowls may be as hard as winning 1, in my opinion!!

  19. billsbackto81 says:

    March 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    waynefontesismyfather says:

    March 1, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Who in the hell “down votes” any of these well wishes?
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    They seem to be in the 6-8 range which can only mean it has to be someone with multiple ID’s that doesn’t like anything “Buffalo”. Just a guess…….
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    Without a doubt you know who it is. The only guy on here with multiple ID’s. He lives North of the Border, Canada. We all know who it is. Multiple Joe.

  20. What kind of horrible human beings (first 2 replies the 7 thumbs down) can wish bad on a person?
    I’d love to see the shoe on the other foot.
    Good luck Jim, you are a fighter and will win this battle!
    The rest of you that voted thumbs down can rot in hell!

  21. Don’t even let it bother you. People like this exist to create drama in this world bc they have nothing else in their life that has any real value. There are some people who can only function in the chaos they create. Karma comes back to those who do or wish harm to others. Just be the good people you strive to be each day and know that those who are rotten to others will get what they deserve in the end. We all pay one way or another when we do harm to others with malice intent.

  22. Also this site like all other social media should let you see who likes and dislikes the comments made

  23. SALUTE!

    Statement from the Buffalo Bills:

    We are deeply saddened to hear the news about Jim Kelly and his impending battle with cancer. Jim is a tough and courageous man and we know he will fight this battle with strength and determination. The Buffalo Bills will support the Kelly family during this trying time and we ask our fans to pray for the family as Jim begins the treatment process and the road to recovery

  24. I have lost so many people I have loved to Cancer. I hav two family members fighting it right now, My Sister Sinus, and Brother in Law Bladder. Both have smoked for decades and have tried to quit, Duane finally licked cigarettes. Lost a Brother to Smoking related COPD/Heart issues, another Brother-in-law Lung Cancer, Granfpa Lung, Uncle Lung cancer and throat. many Athletes use smokeless Tobacco (chew), That is most likely the case here..
    Everybody wants to ban Guns and Opioid pain killers, I’ll bet every single person has been impacted by a Tobacco related death..
    I even had a school fried get killed in the 70’s when another Lady dropped the cherry off her Cigarette onto her new dress which caused her to swerve into Kims lane and killed her!!!
    Good luck JIM were pulling for you.. You are truely one of the “GOOD GUYS” in Sports.

  25. As a Bills fan, I’m proud of Kelly. Great athlete and a real nice guy.
    Hope this is a fight you can win, Jim…

  26. Very sad to hear this. Jim Kelly was always one of my favorite players to watch and when you think of what a Buffalo Bills player/leader is Jim Kelly is at the top of that list.

  27. I am a perfect living example of one who BEAT Cancer. Yes, to those who think otherwise, Cancer can be BEAT! I BEAT Sarcoma of the Gums. 6 years ago. 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Anal Cancer. Guess what? I am in remission! 2 more years Cancer free and I will have Beaten my 2nd Cancer. If you think Cancer can’t be BEAT, pray you never get it becuse with that give up attitude you will succumb. I refuse to let a disease kick my ass. I kick it’s ass. Fight for your life. It’s valued. Be Strong Jim!!

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