Kelly relieved after check-up, but not out of the woods


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jim Kelly says the prayers and treatment worked. He told Mike and Mike on ESPN Thursday that doctors gave him mainly good news, but he was ready for the worst-case scenario.

Kelly says his mind was racing when he met with doctors in New York City. If the cancer spread closer to his brain, he told Mike and Mike he would have had to start saying his goodbyes.

“You need people there to pray for you, you need people to always say those little words, or give you that hug that you need.” – Jim Kelly

“There was really minimal things they could do if it moved that far along, so then it was a matter of time,” he said.

You can only imagine his reaction, after painful chemo and radiation treatments, the moment doctors told him they didn’t see anything. But the Hall of Fame quarterback isn’t out of the woods yet.

Kelly explained, “The big question mark is an area around my nerve. They couldn’t tell, so I unfortunately have to go back next week and they’re going to take biopsies.”

Until then, Kelly will be doing what he’s done all along: pray.

“To be honest with you guys, the prayers, support I’ve gotten from everybody, the well wishes and of course having family support, my wife, my daughters, my brothers, words cannot really tell you what it means to me,” said Kelly.

Even the Hall of Fame quarterback who inspired the now viral hashtag #KellyTough needs support during the fight of his life.

“You need people there to pray for you, you need people to always say those little words, or give you that hug that you need. Those are the things for me I needed more than anything, and it’s been mind boggling the support I’ve gotten, and I thank God everyday,” Kelly said.

He says it’s a big step in the right direction. He’s lost 51 pounds, but he’s optimistic he will continue to get stronger. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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