If you’re a huge football fan like I am, you know Jim Kelly is no quitter. He’s the only quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to four consecutive Super Bowl’s (1991-1994), despite losing all four games.
Kelly needs to call upon all of that courage and never quit attitude for his latest battle. Unless, you’ve been living under a rock you know he’s battling a rare form of oral cancer and has a tough road ahead. Beginning Monday, he’s going to have three chemotherapy sessions in a six-week stretch, and he’ll also begin daily radiation treatments. The goal is to zap the many tumors spreading through his head.
“My big battle is Monday when I go in to start my radiation and chemo,” Kelly told the MSG Network when he attended a Knicks game on Friday with his daughter Erin. “I hope when it’s all over they get everything, but right now we’re praying for a miracle.”
Football is a game, sometimes fans forget this. They take their sports seriously and some of them take the losses harder than they should. I know I take them particularly hard. It’s a way to zone out and forget your troubles for a few hours and be entertained. With Fantasy Football, it’s even bigger. It’s a kids game that grown men make millions of dollars playing and it’s a huge business that makes billions.
But, this is much different than just losing some game, it’s a real life struggle to remain alive and breathing, to continue to enjoy his family that has been supportive through his ordeal. And the outpouring of well wishes have been many.
“It’s a humbling experience and it makes you feel good when so many people are out there praying for you,” Kelly told ESPN NewYork.com. “…Even people that were my enemies before from other teams have rallied to my support. It just makes you feel good deep down in your heart. Just keep praying for me. I am going to need them.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t new for Kelly and his family. Kelly and his family lost their son, Hunter Kelly, at the tender age of eight years old when he passed away from Krabbe Disease (a nervous system disease) in 2005. This motivated him to begin charitable efforts to find a cure for the disease.
This is just the latest obstacle Kelly and his family will need to try and overcome.
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