Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received good news from his doctors on Wednesday.
MRI and CT scans done in a New York City hospital were "clear," his wife, Jill, announced on Instagram. She went on to write that doctors found "no evidence" of cancer in a statement posted under a photo of Kelly giving the thumbs up sign.
Last week, the legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback said at his youth football camp in Pittsford, N.Y., that "something came up" in his continuing health battle and that he would be traveling to New York City in August to see his doctors. He apparently moved the appointment to an earlier date.
Kelly has been battling cancer off and on for five years. He had surgery in 2013 to remove squamous cell carcinoma of the upper jawbone, with chemotherapy following the next year when cancer was discovered in his maxillary sinus. Doctors declared him cancer free in September 2014, but he announced in March that cancer had been detected in his upper jaw.
On July 18, Kelly received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2018 ESPYS in Los Angeles. Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and John Elway, who like Kelly were part of the vaunted 1983 quarterback draft class, presented the award.
In an emotional acceptance speech, he told the audience how the support he'd received from family and friends had helped him through his toughest times.
"I came up with a saying, ‘Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow,' ‘' Kelly said.
"When I look across this arena, and when I talk to people, you don't need to be a Russell Wilson or an Aaron Rodgers to make a difference. Every single person in this room can be a difference-maker. You can be just a normal person who gets up every morning and goes to work, you can be a difference-maker. Put a smile on those faces."
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