Jim Kelly announces his oral cancer has returned

Sad news from an NFL legend: Jim Kelly has announced that his oral cancer has returned.

A statement attributed to Kelly reads:

“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 Fs. 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.”

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly gives a thumbs up to cameras before the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Denver Broncos on September 24, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats denver 26-16. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
USA - CIRCA 1980s: Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills smiles circa 1980s. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - MARCH 3: Quarterback Jim Kelley #12 of the Houston Gamblers warm up March 3, 1985 before a USFL football game against the Tampa Bay Bandits at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Kelly played for the Gamblers from 1984-85. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
2 Oct 1988: Quarterback Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills passes the ball during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won the game 24-3.
ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills on the bench during a game against the New England Patriots at Rich Stadium on October 1, 1989 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Patriots 31-10. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 13: Jim Kelly, #12 of the Buffalo Bills, on the sidelines during a National Football League game against the San Francisco 49ers played on September 13, 1992 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 31: Quarterback Jim Kelly #12 of the Buffalo Bills looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys defense during Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl on January 31, 1993 in Pasadena, California. The Cowboys won 52-17. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 24: Jim Kelly #12 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before a football game against the New York Jets on October 24, 1993 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bills won 19-10. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly looks on during his induction into the team Wall of Fame at a halftime ceremony where his #12 jersey was retired during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 18, 2001 in Orchard Park, New York. The Seahawks defeated the Bills 23-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
02 Feb 2001: Jim Kelly accepts his Hall of Fame induction at the Convention Center in New Orleans Louisiana. Digital image. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images
CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 3: Jim Kelly (left) stands next to his bust with his presenter and former head coach Marv Levy after his induction into the National Football League Hall of Fame on August 3, 2002 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Kelly played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills from 1986 to 1996 and led the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearences during his NFL career. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
MIAMI - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Former player Jim Kelly congratulates former teammate Hall of Fame inductee Thurman Thomas formerly of the Buffalo Bills during the Super Bowl XLI Pro Football Hall of Fame Press Conference at the Miami Convention Center on February 3, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Hall of fame quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, Jim Kelly stands on the field before the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills on September 14, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 3: Jim Kelly on the sidelines prior to the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants at the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 3, 2014 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Jim Kelly, former quarterback of the Buffalo Bills is emotional as he speaks to the crowd before the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Owner of the Buffalo Bills, Terry Pegula, talks to former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 31: �Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly attends the 2015 NFL Honors at Phoenix Convention Center on January 31, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.� (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
01 May 2015: NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly makes the Buffalo Bills 50th pick during round 2 of the 2015. The NFL Draft is being held at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly nods to fans before the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Indianapolis Colts on September 13, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Indianapolis 27-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Hall of fame quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, Jim Kelly walks the sideline during the game against the Dallas Cowboys on December 27, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Dallas 16-6. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24: Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino (L) and Jim Kelly (R) talk prior to the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 24, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. The Miami Dolphins defeated the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in overtime. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: Jim Kelly poses for Photographs on the Red Carpet at NFL Honors during Super Bowl LII week on February 3, 2018, at Northrop at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Kelly will begin undergoing treatment once again; he was previously told he was cancer-free in 2014.

One of his daughters, Erin Kelly-Bean, posted the news on Instagram. Next to a photo of her kissing her father on the head, she wrote in part, “Words feel inadequate. Truthfully, it’s hard to even comprehend that I’m writing this…My dad’s cancer is back.”

Kelly’s wife, Jill, also took to Instagram to share some of her thoughts.

“The cancer is back,” her caption begins. “We are shocked, heartbroken, sad, angry, confused, and just darn tired. Yet, despite how we feel, we KNOW that God is a promise maker and keeper. He is who He says He is! He can do what He says He can do! We don’t have to understand His ways to trust His heart. The battle is HIS. (Exodus 14:14)

“We need you…In addition to our faith, family, and friends…we really need you and your prayer warrior friends to pray. We’re all in this together. THANK YOU!”

The Bills also released a statement in support of Kelly, one of only two players in franchise history with his number retired.

“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 as our fans to pray for the family as Jim begins the treatment process and the road to recovery.”

Just a few weeks ago, Kelly-Bean posted that her father had his gallbladder removed – just a day after her mother, Jill, had been hospitalized for pneumonia. It is unclear what led to Jim Kelly’s surgery.

The 58-year-old Kelly, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013.

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