PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh native and Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Jim Kelly’s cancer has returned after having surgery last June to remove cancer cells in his jaw, ESPN.com reports.
According to ESPN, the Erie County Medical Center released a statement regarding Kelly that said, “Jim Kelly came to ECMC this week for continued testing related to his oral surgery. Unfortunately, it has been determined that his cancer has returned. Our team of head and neck cancer specialists is determining a course of treatment that will allow Mr. Kelly to battle his cancer successfully. Mr. Kelly has asked that you keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Kelly, a former player at East Brady High School, passed for 3,915 yards and 44 touchdowns during his high school career, which gave him all-state honors.
According to JimKelly.com as well as PaBook.Libraries.psu.edu, during his time at East Brady, he held a record of 26-2-1. After his senior year in 1978, he would play in the “Big 33” game, which is a a game between the best high school football players in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
For the Buffalo Bills, he played for them from 1986 to 1996 where he was a five-time Pro Bowler and made First-Team All-Pro in 1991. The Bills’ all-time leader in passing touchdowns and completions would also make it to the Super Bowl four consecutive times, but did not win a title.
Also, according to PaBookLibaries.psu.edu, Kelly also started the Hunter’s Hope Foundation after his son, Hunter, was diagnosed with Krabb Disease in 1997. His son passed away in 2005. Since the start of the foundation, it has raised over $4 million.
According to ESPN, the Hall of Famer will be going to New York City to receive treatment next week.