BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - CBS News Correspondent Jeff Glor spoke with News 4 after he interviewed Jim Kelly’s family and Thurman Thomas.
Glor, a western New York native who now is a CBS News correspondent, says the interviews were tough to get through. These are football greats he grew up with, and he saw them in a completely different light.
Watch Glor’s story from CBS This Morning below:
Glor witnessed something few would ever believe happened. Thurman Thomas, a football great, reduced to tears, talking about his friend Jim Kelly.
Thomas spoke to Glor about the pain Kelly is suffering, during his recurrence of aggressive cancer.
“My response was if I could take your head for a little bit, for a little while I would switch it with mine,” he told Glor.
Glor told News 4, “It was one of the more challenging series of interviews I’ve ever done.”
Challenging, Glor said, because of his allegiance to the Bills. The Town of Tonawanda native has been a lifelong fan.
Glor said, “I try to remove myself to a certain extent as much as I can and conduct the interview as a correspondent and not a Bills fan and Buffalo native, but I am those things so it was difficult.”
Jim’s family stays “Kelly tough” with help from so many across the country.
“I think they’ve been truly overwhelmed that this has spread, not just western New York but across the country, at this point and as tough as some of this news is they’re using that to strengthen them,” explained Glor.
Kelly has difficult days ahead of him. Glor said it’s likely the Hall of Famer will be moved to a hospital on Long Island as he begins chemotherapy and radiation treatment this week.