Jim Kelly attends annual youth football camp in Buffalo

Updated: 07/10/2014 9:02 PM
Created: 07/10/2014 11:26 AM WHEC.com
By: Justin Granit

Jim Kelly wasn't physically well enough to attend his annual charity golf tournament last month. Just days after completing treatments for his sinus cancer, the Buffalo Bills hall of famer is feeling better and had the strength to be at his football camp.

When News10NBC arrived Thursday morning at the camp, kids were on the field stretching. We started to look for Kelly under a tent, shady area, relaxing away from the action. But Kelly wasn’t away from the action, he was in it.

One month after completing chemotherapy and radiation, Jim Kelly was throwing passing to his campers. He played for about ten minutes and looked relatively strong, in good spirits and cracking jokes. He has lost 51 pounds and his hair, but remains Kelly tough.

Jim Kelly said, “It's nice when you can be yourself. I'm not saying I’m running, but moving as quickly as I can. If you have seen me in the past, I’ve never ran quick. In due time, that will all come back. It was fun to just sweat. I feel good. I know it’s a long and slow process. In due time, I will be back to normal. The big test will be in August.”

That's when Kelly will undergo a MRI to find out if the cancer has been eradicated. He did say the cancer has not spread and that he continues to eat out of a feeding tube. Kelly’s closing words to the media were powerful.

Kelly said, “I'm not scared to die. I'm 54. I've done more than most people have done at the age of 80. I have fulfilled so many dreams. I have a beautiful family, but still I have a lot more left to accomplish.”

To sign-up for Jim Kelly's football camp in Rochester, click here.

Click on the video below to hear what Jim Kelly has to say about the future of the Buffalo Bills

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