Jim Kelly is cancer free.
The Hall of Fame quarterback has been battling cancer for years, undergoing surgical procedures in which he had much of his jaw removed and reconstructed. He has endured recurrences since the initial diagnosis in 2013.
His wife Jill shared the most recent update on the Buffalo Bills great on Instagram on Friday, with a photo of Kelly giving an encouraging thumbs-up.
“We finally got back the results from Jim’s recent MRI…CLEAN!” she wrote. “Thank GOD! It took a bit longer than usual because of all the reconstruction Jim has had inside his mouth. They wanted to be certain that all was good.”
It has been a long road to health for the 58 year old, who received the Jimmy V. Award for perseverance at the 2018 ESPYs.
“My kids and my friends, when they came in to see me not once did they ever have a frown on their face,” he said in the July speech that went viral. “So, I just urge anybody out there, if you have somebody out there that’s suffering, it doesn’t have to be cancer. It could be somebody not having a good day. It could be your mom or your dad. It could be your grandparents. What you say to them, the smile that you have on your face, that could be the difference in them making it to the next day. Remember that. Always, always persevere. Like Jimmy V said, ‘Never, ever give up.’”