Jim Kelly Diagnosed with Cancer: Best Wishes to a Bills Legend

Jim Kelly, who remains the Buffalo Bills’ greatest quarterback of all-time, posed with EJ Manuel following the 2013 NFL draft. Kelly announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

The thoughts of Buffalo Bills fans around the world today are with one of the team’s all-time great. Jim Kelly, the only Buffalo Bills quarterback to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, announced Monday that he is battling cancer.

Kelly said he was recently diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma of the upper jaw bone. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday, and has been told by doctors that his prognosis for recovery is “very good.”

You can read a full statement from Kelly about his diagnosis at BuffaloBills.com.

Kelly was an 11-year starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. His toughness and ability to overcome ailments was clear during his career, as he played at least 12 regular-season games in each of his 11 seasons.

Kelly is the Bills’ all-time leader in passing yards (35,467), passing touchdowns (237), pass completions (2874) and regular-season wins by a starting quarterback (101). He had a career completion percentage of 60.1, and a career quarterback rating of 84.4.

Kelly is perhaps best known for leading the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances from the 1990-93 seasons.

Kelly retired in 1996, and was a member of the 2002 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. He is currently 53 years old.

Kelly fought and persevered throughout his career on the football field, and he knows how to deal with hardship away from the field as well. He tragically lost his son, Hunter, who passed away at just 8 years old in 2005 due to Krabbe Disease, a rare degenerative disorder of the nervous system.

Buffalo Bills Draft wishes all the best to Kelly, who will certainly show the same fighting spirit through his battle with cancer.

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