PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh area native and Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Jim Kelly is reportedly cancer free.
Kelly was evaluated at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York Tuesday.
The hospital says it’s been three-months since Kelly completed radiation and chemotherapy protocol designed to treat his recurrent sinus cancer.
The hospital released a statement Wednesday saying, “The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly’s pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal. Further, on physical examination, there is no evidence of cancer.”
Doctors say over the coming weeks they will perform a series of tests to determine if any further treatment is necessary.
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.
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