Jim Kelly

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Mary Wilson is taken aback by how many people have begun noticing the clutch, emblazoned with the Bills’ charging buffalo logo, she carries while running errands from her winter home in Florida.

“I’m not trying to advertise or anything, but it’s like `Oh, you’re a Bills fan. Your team’s doing so great,’” she told The Associated Press by phone. “I’m so popular now because I’m a Bills fan.”

Some might not realize how Wilson’s connections to the Bills go far deeper.

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Due to field renovations at New Era Field, Jim Kelley’s 32 Annual Football Camp is being held at Williamsville North High School this week. There has been a lot of discussion on where and when a new stadium for the Bills would be built. Jim Kelly said he doesn’t think a new stadium needs to be built, but if they do, they should stay in Orchard Park.

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The Hunter James Kelly Research Institute at the University at Buffalo has been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from The National Institutes of Health to continue Krabbe Disease research.


Former Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespassing for entering a couple's suburban Denver home uninvited.

Jim Kelly undergoing more surgery

Nov 28, 2018
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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is back at a New York City hospital for another surgery. Kelly has had two bouts with squamous cell carcinoma.

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The Denver Broncos have waived backup quarterback Chad Kelly, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

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Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly, a Western New York native and nephew to Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, has been arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.


Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance Wednesdy night in Los Angeles. The award is presented to a "deserving member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through perserverance and determination."

Jim Kelly to receive Jimmy V Award for battling cancer

Jun 4, 2018
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Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will receive ESPN's Jimmy V Award for the toughness and perseverance he's displayed during his ongoing battle with oral cancer.

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Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to be hospitalized for two weeks as he recovers from another cancer surgery.


Recovering from an illness can take toughness - ECMC says Jim Kelly toughness. in that spirit, the medical center dedicated its new “Kelly Tough Room” Tuesday.

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Fans and players of the Buffalo Bills from two decades ago relived the four years of ecstasy and agony Wednesday night, as a standing-room only crowd packed the North Park Theatre to see "Four Falls of Buffalo."

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One of Buffalo's foremost football families was honored on Saturday night for their efforts to spread cancer awareness and promote advocacy.

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Erin Kelly, the daughter of Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly, has just released her book "Kelly Tough."

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Erin Kelly's new book "Kelly Tough" takes readers behind the scenes for a look at her father's battle with cancer.

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Count one of Jim Kelly's former teammates among those who was moved by the former Buffalo Bills quarterback's appearance at the National Football League Draft late last week, following a successful battle with cancer.

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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his family have made no secret that their religious faith has helped them deal with his cancer diagnosis and other challenges, but most importantly, it helped them deal with their son Hunter's struggle with and ultimate death from Krabbe Disease.

Jim Kelly remains cancer-free

Jan 22, 2015
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The latest tests indicate former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly remains free of cancer.

Rex Ryan spotted around town

Jan 14, 2015
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The Buffalo Bills new head coach appears to be making the rounds as sightings are reported across the area.

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The Bills 22-9 loss to Miami Thursday night may have been painful for fans, but there were at least a few uplifting moments during the broadcast when the NFL aired a story about how Buffalo has inspired former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.

Jim Kelly being treated for MRSA infection

Nov 3, 2014
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Former Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly is facing yet another challenge.  The Hall of Famer has told the Miami Herald Newspaper he is now battling a form of the staph infection called MRSA in his bones.

Biopsies show Jim Kelly is cancer-free

Sep 4, 2014
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Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly received good news Thursday, learning that the biopsies taken last week in Manhattan showed no signs of his oral cancer.

Hospital says 'no evidence' of Jim Kelly's cancer

Aug 20, 2014
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Initial exams at a New York City hospital show Jim Kelly to be cancer-free.

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Jim Kelly couldn't make his own charity event Sunday, as he continues to recover in ECMC from radiation and chemotherapy for cancer.

Raising awareness of oral cancer

Apr 7, 2014

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s battle with oral cancer is putting a spotlight on the deadly disease.  On the same day the former Buffalo Bill star quarterback was to begin chemotherapy and radition treatments in New York City, WBFO News reports on oral, head and neck cancer awareness month, and how one local woman is spreading the word about the importance of being screened.

Kelly's cancer treatment delayed

Mar 31, 2014
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Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly's chemotherapy was scheduled to start at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City Monday to treat his recurring oral cancer.  But in an interview with Buffalo News sports reporter Tim Graham late Monday night, Kelly's brother Dan revealed the treatment was delayed because Jim was suffering from a fever.  He'll now undergo seven weeks of chemo and radiation starting next Monday.

Doctors alter approach to Kelly's cancer

Mar 27, 2014
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Doctors treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly now say surgery is not the best option for dealing with his cancer.

Jim Kelly's cancer has returned, hospital says

Mar 14, 2014
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Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's cancer has returned, according to a statement issued late Friday afternoon by ECMC.

Jim Kelly declared cancer-free

Jun 24, 2013
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Jim Kelly says he is cancer-free and won't need radiation or chemotherapy following surgery to remove squamous cell carcinoma from his upper jaw earlier this month.

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Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly underwent successful surgery Friday morning to remove cancer from his upper jaw bone.