Following in Jimmy V’s footsteps by never giving up, there is no evidence of cancer in Jim Kelly’s MRI and CT scans five months after it had returned.
It was a gut-wrenching moment, and one that made the football world come together when Jim Kelly announced his cancer had returned in February. But in March, he underwent oral surgery and accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs by virtue of still being here today.
After all that he’s been through, the Buffalo Bills legend deserved to receive some good news. And after receiving the results of his latest MRI and CT scans, he did.
In a lengthy statement on Instagram, Kelly’s wife announced to the world that there is “no evidence of cancer”:
She added that they still have to work through pain management, but this is a major step in the right direction on the long road to recovery. It may be a while before he can go back out and resume regular activities, but that’s the least of his concerns right now. And if his speech at the ESPYs told us anything, it’s that he’s a fighter.
As we’ve seen over the years, the sports world will rally together when a prominent figure undergoes a fight against cancer. Two past recipients of the Jimmy V Award, Stuart Scott and Craig Sager, received an overwhelming amount of support and even though they both met an untimely end, they outlived their original diagnosis.
Kelly got to enjoy a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks to never win a Super Bowl. This latest battle with cancer has given fans the chance to reflect on what he’s accomplished on and off the field in a positive light, but this latest update should assure he won’t be going anywhere any time soon.