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Jim Kelly is only 54 years old and has been in the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2001, after playing from the Bills from 1986 to 1996. He holds most of the franchise passing records.

“Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is dealing with an aggressive, spreading recurrence of cancer,” said Jim Kelly’s wife, and it’s getting worse. Diagnosed with upper jaw cancer last June, Kelly has been in and out of surgeries to alleviate the pain. He was eventually declared cancer-free without undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, until 3/14 when Erie County Medical Center announced that Kelly’s cancer has reappeared.

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“Jim Kelly came to ECMC this week for continued testing related to his oral surgery,” said Dr. Thom Loree, a head and neck surgeon.

Our team of head and neck cancer specialists is determining a course of treatment that will allow Mr. Kelly to battle this cancer successfully. Mr. Kelly has asked that you to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Jim, you’re in our prayers. Stay strong.


Matt Whitlock – @mattwhitlockPM