AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jim Kelly sounded strong and was in good spirits Thursday at the start of his football camp.
The Hall of Fame quarterback was at his annual camp at Sweet Home High School in Amherst. He says his radiation and chemotherapy treatments were tough, but his family, faith and support from Western New Yorkers is what got him through.
“Well I was going be here no matter what. How much I would participate is another story,” Kelly said.
He was able to participate a little. Kelly passed long for a touch down, which was a great moment at camp. It was followed by a deep breath.
“After awhile it started taking a toll and I’m not used to it,” Kelly said. “I’m not a very patient person and I want things to feel good right now, but unfortunately it doesn’t yet.”
Fans have been praying for ‘JK’ to pull through, after enduring weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for a recurrence of jaw cancer. It’s been a very public battle, on his wife’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
“I’ve had to stop her a bunch of times, saying, ‘No Jill, just for your sake and all of ours, this is not going on Twitter and Facebook.’ And I had to say that a few times. I do know the support I’ve gotten, the letters and emails, the prayers especially, have helped me get to where I’m at,” Kelly said.
Kelly lost 51 pounds, has no saliva and is eating through a feeding tube. Last week he started eating real food. He says he’s has been able to eat some scrambled eggs. He will see a doctor in August to check on how successful his treatments were.
Just weeks before Kelly’s chemo and radiation started, Ralph Wilson died. On top of fighting cancer, Kelly’s been fighting to keep the Bills in Buffalo.
“Things haven’t really changed. Yes, I’ve met with different people and I hope it gets to a point where we finally get someone who is really committed to Buffalo and committed to turning this program around,” Kelly said.
Kelly has also been in talks with people interested in buying the Buffalo Bills. He says he doesn’t have the money to buy a team, nor is he in a group to purchase it.
Kelly said, “I am not a part of any group right now. I’m part of my group. My brother, myself and a few others, but right now there’s majority owners out there, they’re trying to do what they do, do their due diligence and make sure that they do the right thing.”
“I don’t want to team up with just one person right now, I’d be stupid to. I don’t know who’s going to get it. I don’t have the money to buy the Bills,” Kelly said. “But yes, there are a number of people that have approached us about my role and what I would do, and with different people there’s different rules and I know what I want to do, but that will be said down the road.”
“The bottom line is, I’m just like everyone here, you just want it to be the Buffalo Bills.”
Kelly spoke with the media for about 15 minutes before becoming tired and needing to rest.