Buffalo Bills' Jim Kelly Beats Cancer Like The Warrior He Is

By Matt Ploss


Timothy T. Ludwig-USA Today Sports

It was reported on Monday that former Buffalo Bills‘ Quarterback Jim Kelly is totally cancer free. For anyone who has been following this story, one thought in particular likely came to mind: that was fast.

Kelly first found out he had squamous cell carcinoma of the jaw back in mid-May, and despite the frightening diagnosis, the hall of fame quarterback attacked his disease with all of the fire and grit he showed in his years on the field in Buffalo. On Monday, June 3 (the week leading up to his surgery,) Kelly spoke on his cancer and the mental approach he was taking to his treatment.

“I’m down at the bottom, but I will rise to the top again. I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kellys always do,” he said.

Anyone who watched Machine Gun Kelly play in the 90’s got to witness his sensational leadership and never-say-die attitude first hand as he led the Bills to four consecutive AFC championships. Perhaps it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the same man was able to completely purge his body of cancer in less than two months.

Now it appears as though Kelly, who had most of the left side of his jaw surgically removed, will not require any chemotherapy. This is certainly a blessing, though Kelly still must overcome the painful aftermath of his treatment. He has lost 14 pounds due to dietary restrictions that allow him only to eat soft foods. These restrictions stem from the fact that his jaw is still extremely sore. In regards to the pain he is currently experiencing, Kelly had this to say:

“They had to remove most of my jaw on my left side. It’s very, very sore, but it takes time. I know when you have knee surgery or shoulder surgery it’s sore for a small period of time and rehab and everything is good and you just take your time. This is just constant pain for now, but it’s a small price to pay for where I’ll be later on down the road.”

No doubt Kelly is handling the pain with toughness and determination. Because that’s just what warriors do.

Matt Ploss is a Buffalo Bills writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewPloss, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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