Former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Pro Football Hall Of Fame inductee Jim Kelly announced on June 3 that he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma — a type of skin cancer — on the upper jaw bone.
The Buffalo Bills released a statement from Jim Kelly yesterday. Here is the full text of Kelly’s statement:
This past couple of weeks has been difficult for me and because of the nature of social media I thought it would be best to share with everyone what has been going on with my health. I was recently diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) of the upper jaw bone. I have undergone tests which have shown that the cancer is isolated to my upper jaw and has not spread to other parts of my body. Surgery is scheduled for June 7th and doctors have told me that the prognosis for my recovery is very good.
With the excellent medical care that I will be receiving and the loving care of my wife Jill and my daughters Erin and Camryn and the support of my entire family and friends, I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kellys always do, with toughness, perseverance and faith.
I want to thank everyone who has offered their prayers and would appreciate any prayers said for me and my family moving forward. May God continue to bless you and our family.
His son, Hunter James Kelly, died in 2005 from Krabbe disease. The degenerative disorder was diagnosed early on after the child’s birth.