The good news came in early Wednesday afternoon: Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and Miami Hurricanes alumnus Jim Kelly has beaten cancer once again.
His wife, Jill Kelly, shared the news on Instagram.
Her message, in full:
“Double thumbs up!
MRI and CTScans are clear.
Still working through major pain management, but PRAISE THE LORD, no evidence of cancer.
And can I just say, Jim’s brothers are amazing!
I’ve watched them stand with Jim in good times and bad. I’ve witnessed a love between siblings that is remarkable. What a blessing to be part of such an amazing family.
Thank you Pat, Ray, Ed, Danny and Kevin for being an example of what a loving, devoted family should look like. Add your humor and faith to the mix and we have everything we need.
Love you guys so much!”
On March 1, Jim Kelly released a statement saying that his oral cancer, which had been in remission for more than three years, had returned.
He underwent surgery in April and June related to the disease.
On July 18, Kelly stood in front of a crowd at the ESPY Awards and accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
“I will never give up,” Kelly said. “I will keep fightin guntil the end.”
Kelly, 58, played his collegiate career at the University of Miami from 1979-1982 and helped set the stage for the program’s eventual success — the Hurricanes won their first of five national championships a year after his time with the program came to an end. The Buffalo Bills drafted Kelly with the 14th overall pick in the 1983 draft.
After two years playing for the Houston Gamblers in the USFL, Kelly played 11 years in the NFL — all with the Bills — before retiring in 1996. During that 11-year span, the Bills reached the playoffs eight times and appeared in four consecutive Super Bowls. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.