Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly faces yet another major health challenge as the oral cancer that he conquered in 2014 has returned. Kelly released the following statement:

“As our family has faced many trials and triumphs throughout the years, you have blessed us with your prayers. We are asking for those prayers once again.

The oral cancer we hoped would be gone forever has returned. Although I was shocked and deeply saddened to receive this news, I know that God is with me. I continuously talk  about the four F’s: Faith, Family, Friends and Fans. With all of you by my side, we will fight and win this battle together. Staying “Kelly Tough” and trusting God will carry us through this difficult time.”

Kelly was first diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in 2013 and it returned in 2014. The second bout with the disease resulted in a grueling series of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and surgical removal of portions of his jaw and upper palate. The treatments and after effects resulted in a loss of hearing and chronic pain, but Kelly proclaimed himself cancer free. 

Since the bout with cancer in 2014 Kelly has undergone regularly scheduled examinations every three months. 

The Buffalo Bills also released the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news about Jim Kelly and his impending battle with cancer.  Jim is a tough and courageous man and we know he will fight this battle with strength and determination.  The Buffalo Bills will support the Kelly family during this trying time and we ask our fans to pray for the family as Jim begins the treatment process and the road to recovery.”

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