Bill’s Hall of Famer quarterback had a long battle with oral cancer, which left him with a grim prognosis and required multiple jaw surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. But more than three years after the announcement that the cancer was gone, Kelly says he hasn’t relapsed and is now in good health.
While hosting his football camp in Buffalo and handing out passes to the kids, Kelly spoke with a slight slur and said he was fine.
“i still feel good“, he said through Buffalo News. “My mouth still hurts from time to time when I talk. But overall, I love it. I am really.”
Kelly said he is now more concerned about the health of others, including Ed Abramoski, a longtime Bills coach who recently died at age 88, and Bills owner Kim Pegula, who is recovering from an undisclosed health issue that required her to be hospitalized. .
“Eddie Abramoski, who passed away, was not only a very good friend of mine, but also my coach throughout my career,” Kelly said. “We miss it and we all go back and forth with it. And now with Kim Pegula, who is now fighting and praying for her.”
Kelly said his only pain now is feeling old when young campers tell him how they heard about him.
“Their grandparents told them about me,” he said. “It wasn’t mom and dad, it was grandparents.”