BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The recurrence of cancer isn’t tempering Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s resolve to keep the Bills in Buffalo, even as he returned to the hospital on Thursday.
Kelly released a statement Thursday vowing to beat cancer and preserve his former team’s long-term future at the same time. Kelly says radiation and chemotherapy treatments for sinus cancer are going well, but notes he’s “not out of the woods.”
“It’s not my legs, it’s not my colon, it’s my jaw. That effects your taste, your talking, your smell, everything. And it makes it harder each and everyday. But, I’ve been through so much and it’s just another battle and hopefully I’ll be able to conquer it. I shouldn’t say hope so, I will conquer it,” Kelly said.
Shortly after the statement was released, Kelly was re-admitted to the hospital. The Buffalo News reports he was taken to ECMC to be treated for dehydration.
As for the Bills, Kelly remains interested in joining a prospective ownership group to buy the team. Kelly’s brother, Dan, said he’s had several conversations with at least one candidate, New York City developer Donald Trump.
The Bills’ future is in uncertain after owner Ralph Wilson died in March.
Jim Kelly urged fans to show their support and convince prospective owners to keep the team in the region.