Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly undergoes successful surgery to remove cancer from his upper jaw

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Doctors anticipate Jim Kelly will have a “successful outcome” after the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback had surgery to remove cancer from his upper jaw on Friday. “The surgery went very well,” according to a news release issued by Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center. “We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome.” The release was issued just before noon shortly after the operation was completed by Thom Loree, the hospital’s director of head and neck surgery department. During the operation, doctors said they removed part of Kelly’s jawbone where the squamous cell carcinoma was found and caused by “chronic irritation at the gum site.” Doctors then reconstructed the affected area. “Mr. Kelly is recovering comfortably at this time,” the hospital said. “He will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home.” The 53-year-old Kelly had revealed on Monday that he had been diagnosed with cancer about two weeks earlier. Calling the prognosis for recovery as being “very good,” Kelly said tests showed the cancer was isolated to his jaw and had not spread to other parts of his body. Kelly said it wouldn’t be determined until after the operation as to whether he would require chemotherapy. “I am extremely confident in my road to recovery,” he said. “I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kellys always do.” Kelly’s wife, Jill Kelly, posted updates on her Twitter account on Friday. She included a picture of chocolate covered strawberries, which she said were brought to her while waiting for the operation to be completed. “We love our team and our fans!” Jill Kelly wrote, followed by the term “PrayersForJK,” which has become popular on Twitter since Kelly revealed he had cancer. The Bills Continue Reading

Super (Bowl) Cool! John Elway, Troy Aikman and Jim Kelly applaud NFL for MetLife Bowlin’

It won’t be sunny like San Diego or picture post card beautiful like Pasadena or cozy in a dome like New Orleans — at least when there’s not an electrical malfunction and the place goes nearly dark. And all rivers and bodies of water within miles of the stadium have a good chance to be frozen. Even so, three Hall of Fame quarterbacks who know a little something about Super Bowls — 12 appearances and five championships between them — would still consider MetLife Stadium the equivalent of football heaven on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Why? Because it’s the Super Bowl and just about every player would be happy to line up in a parking lot for a chance to compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Jim Kelly played in Buffalo and still lives there, so you know snow with a little sleet mixed in with temperatures dropping into the teens would warm his soul and make him feel at home. John Elway is from California, but played in Denver and has battled his way through Mile High blizzards. The cold weather never bothered Troy Aikman — and it does get cold in Dallas — but even with his history of having a problem throwing a wet ball, any concerns would be minimized by the chance to win a ring. “I would love it,” Kelly told the Daily News at the recent Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend in Canton. “I would hope for a warm weather team or dome team to be playing against us. I think it would be an advantage for us.” Of course, Joe Flacco of the Ravens got the conversation started in New Orleans a few days before he went out and won the Super Bowl MVP award. Flacco is from New Jersey, went to Pitt and Delaware and now plays in Baltimore, but he created headlines when he ripped the idea of a Super Bowl in his backyard. “Yeah, I think it’s retarded,” he said. “I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on Continue Reading

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly cancer-free after surgery

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says he has been told by doctors that he won’t need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment after having surgery to remove cancerous cells in his jaw. The former Buffalo Bills star made the announcement at his football camp in Buffalo on Monday and his comments (http://bit.ly/14sJitT ) were posted on the Bills’ website. Kelly says he found out the news on Wednesday. “From what I’ve been told, everything that they did in surgery, if I had to do radiation or chemo it would put me way back,” Kelly said. He said he had the left side of his jaw and the teeth on that side of his mouth removed in surgery on June 7. Kelly was released from the hospital three days later. “It’s very, very sore, but it takes time,” he said. “I know when you have knee surgery or shoulder surgery it’s sore for a small period of time, and rehab and everything is good and you just take your time. This is just constant pain for now, but it’s a small price to pay for where I’ll be later on down the road.” He says he’s scheduled for a follow-up with doctors in two months to see if the cancer stays away. “I never thought I’d be saying cancer. I never thought the ‘C’ word would become part of my vocabulary,” Kelly said. “But it is what has happened to me and the ups and downs of my life. I’m already on the way back up.” The American Cancer Society estimates about 2.2 million Americans are diagnosed with this form of cancer each year. The society adds that death from these types of cancers is uncommon. About 2,000 people die each year, and that rate is dropping. Risk factors include smoking and alcohol consumption. Kelly’s diagnosis stems from pain he began experiencing in his jaw in December. He initially thought it was an infection, but grew concerned when Continue Reading

Jim Kelly, ‘Enter the Dragon’ actor, dead at 67

Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in "Enter the Dragon" with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67. Marilyn Dishman, Kelly's ex-wife, said he died Saturday of cancer at his home in San Diego. Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial arts classic. His later films included "Three the Hard Way," "Black Belt Jones" and "Black Samurai." During a 2010 interview with salon.com, Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California where he earned a black belt in karate. He said he set his sights on becoming an actor after winning karate tournaments. He also played college football. The role in the Bruce Lee film was his second. He had about a dozen film roles in the 1970s before his acting work tapered off. In recent years, he drew lines of autograph seekers at comic book conventions. "It was one of the best experiences in my life," he told salon.com of working on "Enter the Dragon." "Bruce was just incredible, absolutely fantastic. I learned so much from working with him. I probably enjoyed working with Bruce more than anyone else I'd ever worked with in movies because we were both martial artists. And he was a great, great martial artist. It was very good." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Vinny Testaverde, Jim Kelly join NY fantasy sports push

ALBANY - With time winding down on the state Legislature's annual session, the daily fantasy sports industry needs the equivalent of a Hail Mary pass to keep its future alive in New York.So it turned to a pair of quarterbacks.Former New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde joined Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly at the state Capitol on Tuesday to make a last-minute pitch for a bill that would authorize, regulate and tax daily fantasy sports contests in New York, including those offered by industry giants FanDuel and DraftKings.The quarterbacks were paid by an industry trade group to travel to Albany and drum up support for the measure, which has faced opposition from some lawmakers and racetrack casinos.If nothing else, they generated plenty of attention: A crush of lawmakers and staff members lined an Assembly lobby to pose for photos with the duo after they were recognized on the chamber floor."The main reason I'm here is because I see what fantasy sports has done to my friends -- how crazy they get, how excited they get," Kelly said at a news conference near the Capitol. "I'd say probably 80, 85 percent of my friends play fantasy sports."Kelly and Testaverde's visit came as lawmakers continue to weigh the future of daily fantasy sports contests in New York.DraftKings and FanDuel suspended their contests in New York earlier this year in exchange for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman pausing his lawsuit against the companies. Schneiderman sued the companies last year, accusing them of violating the state's anti-gambling laws.The companies, which have blanketed the airwaves with advertisements aimed at growing their customer base, offer daily or weekly contests in which users can win money based on how a mock lineup of professional or college athletes perform.The agreement between the two companies and Schneiderman allowed state lawmakers to come up with legislation that would allow the contests to continue.Late Monday, a Continue Reading

NFL legends Jim Kelly, Rodney Peete and more kick field goals in Times Square to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters and set Guinness World Record

Even NFL legends struggle to kick the ball through the uprights.Jim Kelly, Rodney Peete, Antonio Pierce, Eddie George and the kicking Gramaticas --  Bill and Martin -- gathered with football fans in Times Square Friday afternoon to kick off the college bowl game season with Tostitos' "party with a purpose" to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.Martin Gramatica, who booted 155 field goals during his six-year NFL career. "And for us to be a part of that, it's awesome." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NFL’s 2012 rookie QBs starting to make history, but can they challenge the famed QB class of 1983 which featured Hall of Famers John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly?

The quarterback class of 1983 is considered the greatest in NFL history. Six were taken in the first round and three of them — John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly — are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ken O’Brien had a good career with the Jets, Tony Eason started a Super Bowl for New England and only Todd Blackledge, who was the second quarterback selected behind Elway, is considered a bust. Elway is the only member of the class of ’83 who started the first game of the NFL season in his rookie year. Marino didn’t start until the sixth game and Kelly began his career in the USFL before signing with Buffalo in 1986. Blackledge, O’Brien and Eason were backups that freshman season. Elway, Kelly, Marino and Eason combined for 11 Super Bowl appearances but they were 0-9 until Elway won the Super Bowl in the final two years of his career. Next up may be the class of 2004 with Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. Manning and Big Ben have each won two Super Bowls in their first eight seasons — Roethlisberger lost the third time he made it to the Big Game — and Rivers made it to one AFC Championship Game. None was a starter in the first game of his rookie year. The classes of ’83 and ’04 have set the bar extremely high for the class of 2012. The rookies may never even get to a Super Bowl in their careers, but they’re on the verge of setting a record that’s going to be extremely difficult to break: most rookie QBs starting the season opener — five. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no more than two rookie quarterbacks have started the season opener since the 1970 merger. So far, Andrew Luck (Colts), Robert Griffin III (Redskins), Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins) and Brandon Weeden (Browns), the 28-year-old rookie, have been named to start the season openers in two weeks. Russell Wilson, the Drew Brees clone taken in the third round by Seattle, started the Continue Reading

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly hoping for Jets QB controversy with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow

Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has never been shy to voice his opinion. And on his most recent rant, he dropped on bomb on the Jets’ quarterback situation, itching for a quarterback controversy between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. “As a Buffalo Bills fan, I hope there’s so much turmoil during training camp, I hope Tebow plays great, he pushes Sanchez, and all of a sudden the locker room is coming apart,” Kelly told Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network’s “Total Access.” “They open with the Buffalo Bills first game of the season in the Meadowlands (Sept. 9, 1 p.m.), so this could be very exciting.” Kelly added he would hate to be in Sanchez’s shoes, knowing that the first time the Jets’ fourth-year QB throws an interception or fumbles away a key possession, the legendary fickle Gang Green fans will be praying for Tebow to take the field. “I really, to be honest with you, don’t know what they were thinking,” Kelly said. “Me, if I was a general manager or a president or the owner of a team, I would not have done that.” The Jets — who are 5-1 against the Bills under Rex Ryan — finish the 2012 season in Buffalo on Dec. 30. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Chad Kelly, nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly, throws five TDs in win over Monsignor Farrell

Chad Kelly lived up to his last name Saturday.Kelly, the nephew of Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, tossed five touchdowns to lead St. Joseph Collegiate of Buffalo to a 47-24 thrashing of Monsignor Farrell on Staten Island.The game was revenge for Kelly, who kept in mind last year's season-opening loss to Farrell."I definitely was thinking about it on the bus ride down," Kelly said.Passing for 257 yards, Kelly's arm strength and steady decision-making challenged Farrell's secondary.Such a multi-dimensional game is not out of character for the Clemson-bound QB.As a 6-3, 215-pound junior last year, Kelly became the first quarterback in state history to throw for over 2,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 in the same season.In 11 games, he had 39 touchdowns, 24 through the air and 15 rushing."Compared to my uncle, I'm confident to say the only edge I have right now is my legs," Kelly said. "He's the best quarterback of all-time, so I can't get ahead of myself." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly ‘shocked’ by DeflateGate punishment, says Tom Brady ‘doesn’t need to’ deflate footballs

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly just doesn’t see why someone as talented as Tom Brady had to play with deflated footballs. “Tom Brady is a good friend, but he doesn’t need to do that,” the former Bills quarterback said, via the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “He’s one of the greatest to ever play the game. So it was sad to see.” MYERS: DEFLATEGATE PUTS FRICTION BETWEEN GOODELL, KRAFT Brady is at the center of the DeflateGate controversy, particularly after the Ted Wells Report indicated that he was probably “at least generally aware” of illegal deflation of footballs in the AFC Championship Game. Brady was slapped with a four-game suspension, which the NFLPA is appealing on his behalf. Robert Kraft announced Tuesday that the Patriots would not contest their own discipline: a $1 million and the loss of two draft picks. “When I saw the $1 million fine, the first and [fourth] round picks taken away, I was a little shocked,” Kelly said. He also thought the punishment against Brady was a bit much. “I thought it would be better just two games, but they gave him four,” Kelly said. Continue Reading