Jim Kelly

Some good news broke Wednesday when Jill Kelly, wide of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, announced via Instagram that MRI and CT scans have revealed “no evidence” of the cancer that required him to undergo oral surgery back in March.

Kelly had undergone a one-hour surgery in March to remove oral cancer and reconstruct his upper jaw. Kelly was previously diagnosed with cancer in his jaw in 2013. Following surgery, doctors discovered that it had spread to his nasal cavity, requiring further surgery in March 2014. Kelly had been cancer-free for three years before this latest discovery.

The timing of the good news couldn’t be better as it comes on the heels of Kelly being honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs last week.

The Buffalo Bills were among the many who took to Twitter to share their appreciation for Kelly and gladness to hear about the good news.

After a two-year stint in the USFL, Kelly spent his entire NFL career with the Buffalo Bills, where he quarterbacked one of the greatest NFL scoring offenses of all time. Between 1991 to 1994, he helped guide the Bills to a record four consecutive Super Bowls and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. His jersey is one of only two numbers retired by the Bills.

Here’s to hoping “Jim Kelly” and “cancer-free” stick together for a long time to come.


About Sean Keeley

A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse related things for SB Nation, Curbed, Neighborhoods.com, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Chicago.