Jim Kelly Tough

Julius Peppers and Jared Allen each signed with new NFC North teams this offseason: Peppers is now a Packer, and Allen is now a Bear. (Hannah Folsein/Getty Images)
Julius Peppers and Jared Allen each signed with new NFC North teams this offseason: Peppers is now a Packer, and Allen is now a Bear. (Hannah Folsein/Getty Images)

Ten Things I Think I Think 

1. I think much has been made of the decline of Jared Allen as a pass-rusher, but the three factors that mean the most to me are these: 1) He led all Vikings defensive linemen in snaps played for all six seasons he played in Minnesota; 2) he had double-digit sacks all six years; 3) in his best season rushing the quarterback, 2011, he had 66 pressures/sacks/hits of the quarterback, according to Pro Football Focus; last year he had 65. Maybe the Bears can spot him a little better and get him to take a few plays off this year, but I’ll take Jared Allen on my team anytime.

2. I think the more I think about Devin Hester on the carpet of Atlanta for eight games (with a ninth at arch-rival New Orleans) the more I think the Falcons made a good signing. His 14.2-yards per punt return last year, when he turned 31, was fourth-best in his career, and only once has he had a better kick-return mark than his 27.6-yards per runback in 2013. If the Falcons limit his touches, he should be a big factor in 2014.

3. I think the most interesting thing about the Bills’ future in western New York is that if they move before the current lease expires in seven years, the new owner would have to pay the state of New York $400 million. That gives a new owner a good chance to put a group together to either buy and keep the team in Buffalo (probably a long shot as the 51st-largest market in the country) or move it.

4. I think I would not be shopping All-Pro guard Evan Mathis if I were Eagles GM Howie Roseman. I’d be shopping for his groceries to convince him to stay for the rest of his career.

5. I think Tom Coughlin might be 68, but he talks like a man who wants to coach multiple seasons. “There is no number,” he said when asked how much longer he wants to coach. “I don’t have a number.” I wouldn’t be surprised to see Coughlin, if he wins, coach five more years. He’s amazingly young for a man in such a stressful job.

6. I think if the NFL had to delay even one game because of a goal-post dunk (and it did Saints-Falcons when Jimmy Graham did it last year and it took 15 minutes or so to get the crossbar straight), that’s one game too many. Good idea to ban a silly practice.

7. I think the oddest thing that came out of the month of March was news that the Saints will spend the first three weeks of training camp this year (except for travel to the first two games) at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The place will install two natural grass fields and one artificial-turf field for the Saints, along with a 55,000-square-foot building for offices, weight room, meetings and locker room. That’s an amazing investment to make, one the Greenbrier probably doesn’t make if it’s only for one season. We’ll see. The Greenbrier is one beautiful spot.

8. I think, and this is an emotional thought from a 56-year-old man, that I hope the Bills stay in Buffalo. That city needs the Bills.

9. I think John Schneider, the real GM, and Kevin Costner, who plays one in a movie coming out April 11, are close to the same guy from what I’ve heard about Draft Day. Costner doesn’t care if he is liked. Sounds familiar.
 
10. I think these are my non-football thoughts of the week: 

a. Hooray! Baseball starts in full today! 

TALK BACK
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b. What other player could have made $144 million by age 29 and then hit free agency in his prime? Mike Trout’s going to do that, if his health cooperates. 

c. My picks: American League division winners: Tampa Bay, Detroit, Oakland. Wild Cards: Boston, Cleveland. AL champ: Oakland … National League division winners: Atlanta, St. Louis, Arizona. Wild Cards: Los Angeles, Cincinnati. NL champs: St. Louis. World Series champ: Oakland. 

d. MVPs: Dustin Pedroia, Boston; Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona … Cy Young: Masahiro Tanaka, New York; Alex Wood, Atlanta … Rookie: Xander Bogaerts, Boston; Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati. 

e. Grady Sizemore starts in center field today for Boston in the opener at Camden Yards. Amazing story. Sizemore’s last baseball game: Sept. 22, 2011. That’s 30 months ago. Sizemore’s injuries since 2009: 

• Left knee microfracture surgery. 
• Elbow surgery. 
• Hernia surgery. 
• Right knee surgery. 
• A second hernia surgery. 
• Back surgery. 
• Right knee microfracture surgery. 

f. While we’re at it, let’s compare a season in Sizemore’s prime to the same season by the then-unconscious Albert Pujols:

Player, Team, Year Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB OB%
Sizemore, Cleve., 2006 134 190 53 11 28 76 22 349 .375
Pujols, St. Louis, 2006 119 177 33 1 49 137 7 359 .431

g. Just wanted you to recall how great Sizemore once was. Not Pujols great, of course, but pretty good. He’s still just 31. 

h. Houston manager Bo Porter is an interesting story. He played cornerback at Iowa under Hayden Fry. He once got a hit off Dwight Gooden. He’s a Newark guy who loves Bill Parcells. 

i. The Dodgers will begin their fourth game of the season Tuesday at 3:40 p.m. in San Diego. At that time, the Yankees and Astros will not have played a regular-season game. 

j. Mike Trout deserves $24 million a year. It’s always strange to think of a player making more in millions than he is in age. Trout is 22. 

k. The times are changing in baseball. They’ve already changed, actually. The Houston Astros have a “director of decision sciences,” Sig Mejdal. He formerly worked for NASA, Lockheed Martin and the St. Louis Cardinals. He has two degrees in Engineering from Cal-Davis, and two master’s degrees from San Jose State in operations research and cognitive psychology/human factors. 

l. Allie LaForce is good and fast and asks the right questions as a sideline reporter. And she’s got a heck of an alma mater. 

m. The 5.5-minute delay at the end of Arizona-Wisconsin? Intolerable. You don’t delay a game for that length of time to look at replays. You just don’t. 

n. Coffeenerdness: Gotta do better on the coffee, McDonald’s. Tried you two times in Florida last week. Way, way too weak. 

o. Beernerdness: Thrilled that Whole Foods in New York is selling Bell’s Oberon Ale, its summer ale. A great, great beer. 

p. RIP to the two Boston firefighters, Michael Kennedy and Edward Walsh, who were killed when a raging fire trapped them in the basement of a Back Bay building. They had the hearts of lions, as do so many firefighters across the country. 

q. With regard to Jerry Remy’s job status as the color man in the TV booth for the Red Sox, he should not lose his job because his son is a psychopath who is charged with murdering the mother of their child. Even if Jerry Remy is somehow at fault for his son’s wayward life, you don’t fire an announcer because his son’s an idiot, even a murderous idiot.

The Adieu Haiku

Who wants ex-Eagle?
DeSean, Decker and the Jets:
Perfect together.

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298 comments
BenitoCortez
BenitoCortez

Keeping your eyes focused on Jesus and he will grab your hand and pull you up.  God has a plan for you and God Bless Erin's Kelly toughness...your faith is contagious. 

PaulRoy
PaulRoy

Best of luck to you and family. I  still cannot  understand how you guys go through this. I just lost a 66 year old  friend to cancer last week. He could only fight for 2 and a half month. Pancreatic cancer is very quick,yet he fought it with dignity and always asking how we were and not diverting anything to himself. Now there is a hero, just like you.  

ricktney
ricktney

Was wondering if he smoked or chewed tobacco?

CHETVENTURA
CHETVENTURA

God Bless you Jim Kelly! I've been a long time fan of yours dating back to the UFL. I was so excited when the Bills landed you as their quarterback. I have followed your career on and off the field. My heart broke when you and Jill lost your son to a terrible disease. Losing a loved one is always heartbreaking but when it's your child it's almost unbearable. But you and Jill drew strength from his passing and have done so much for others. It's now our turn to give back to you if not only through our prayers for you, Jill and your loved ones. God Bless you Jim! Let's go "BEAT" this opponent! It'll be sweeter than any Super Bowl!

WalkerPI
WalkerPI

The only thing Jim Kelly is going to be buying anytime soon is a cemetary plot and a pine box, not the Bills. It's doubtful he'll even make it to the first regular season game.

Lannonr10
Lannonr10

Dear Jim, Dr. Kristen Goss, PHD. Erie Community College culinary Professor is an expert in healing she has been a wonderful friend to me and knows all about foods and chem. I as well as my entire family are praying for all of you. Rose and Christian Lannon

DanielSantanaVega
DanielSantanaVega

If any one can get this info to Jim, I believe it will help him greatly. The Mathew 4 Protocol.


Step1: Begin eliminating non-vegetable Carbs like bread, pasta, sweets(no sugars at all it feeds cancer cells) soft drinks, Juices, rice, corn, and other grains and fruits and starchy foods like potatoes.


Step2: Replace with non starch foods like leafy green vegetables, high quality proteins, preferably organic, grass fed beef, pastured raised chickens and eggs, wild caught salmon, healthy fats, coconut oil,olive oil, avocados.


Step3: introduce an intermittent fasting program to speed up the process. this will help your body move into a fat adapted state. this will eventually begin to kill cancer cells on its own.


Vegetables like broccoli, avocados, tomatoes, garlic very important, spinach. also powdered vegetables provide very important nutrients and vitamins essential for chemo and cancer medicines. Alkaline water with ph above 8. alkaline foods, cancer cannot live in an alkaline body.



Praying for your Fast recovery Jim,


May God send you shalom, and his angels to protect you.

Shambra Worthey
Shambra Worthey

I lost my husband to lung cancer 3yrs ago and I thought he fought the most valiant fight.  He often refused pain meds to remain in the moment with me, because he didn't want to miss the few precious moments we had left.  Each one's fight is different and special.  For all who have fought and are fighting, it is a special journey.  I understand what JK was trying to say and am not offended by it. Theirs is a journey those of us who are fortunate not to have had to take, is a tough and arduous one.  Thank God we haven't  had to.  I met a cancer survivor at the CTCA in Chicago who said, "we are members of a club that none of us wanted to join, but once in, we are members for life and no one ever leaves."  I know the struggle and I don't ever want to leave my brothers to struggle alone.  My prayers are with you Jim......fight on.

Shambra Worthey
Shambra Worthey

Greater is He Who is in you than he or it that is in all the world.  You are more than a conqueror. By His stripes you WERE healed on the cross.  I thank and praise God for the testimony He has given you.  My He continue to bless and strengthen you.

Ben Kenobe
Ben Kenobe

Peter, from a long-time reader; this was one of the most difficult columns I've been privileged to read. As a western New Yorker and a season ticket holder during the Bills' Super Bowl years (33-7 at the Ralph while we attended), your words about two of our heroes, Jim Kelly and Mr. Wilson, were right on. And your reflections about your brother were beautiful. Must have been the dust irritating my eyes while I read your words. Thanks.

dkendr
dkendr

I hope Jim KeLLLLy recovers.  It would be a shame if Jim KeLLLLy did not.

DrewM
DrewM

Sorry about the cancer. I hope it was the drugs talking when you said "nobody else could have withstood it"....arrogance about this subject is a horrid thing. My father died in absolute agony, and I guarantee he withstood more than you have even thought about. Hope you get better, but shut up.

LennyDiWilliams
LennyDiWilliams

beautifully written story about your brother, Mr. King.  I wish the two of you could have shared that one final baseball trip.


My condolences on your loss!

choney131
choney131

I'm sorry for your loss.  Glad that you had the opportunity to enjoy the relationship later in life.

Smash-Mouth.com
Smash-Mouth.com

Truly sorry to hear of your loss, Peter. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 

mandytrue
mandytrue

Dearest Jim:


I am from Niagara Falls. NY and I moved to Chicago in 1996 but I am still a Bills Fan and I still remember you in the bills glory days. You are a strong and a compassionate man. A man of god who has much faith. I have that same faith that no matter what god gives me, I will rise up to his challenge and with his help make it through.

Rely on your faith and that of your family and friends and the oh so many fans around the world who love you and know with our strength and gods you will make it. I know your a fighter and will fight till the end. Be strong , I am praying for you and with your and your family now. 

Genny
Genny

Brother Jim i was reading your article today and i was just taken up.  I know you are a man of great faith so do not fear we are agents on this earth. The promise of the Lord says Ps 91:1-16 verse 3 says 'He will keep you safe from hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases, He will cover you with his wings. God says i will save who love and will protect those who acknowledge me as Lord! How great is our God.  I know you are great earthly player with many goals and now as spiritual player greater goals has to be won.  Brother Jim my prayers are with you & family.  May Jesus & Mother Mary be with you always.  God never makes mistakes everything has a purpose because God is LOVE. The word of God says in Isaiah Do not be afraid i have written your name in the Palm of my hands, you are mine i will protect you. Let our Lord Jesus bless & heal you, if it  is all according to his will & plan. Amen

jrp1947
jrp1947

As great as he may have been as a football player it was just a game and he was just an employee of it. what we give tribute to now is the bravery of the man not the player. few men will walk the unforgivable mile that he is walking now showing the rest that a person can do it if they really believe in something. This is the story of a man not a player being great and may he be allowed to heal.  

donb22
donb22

Jim my prayers are with you, I fought cancer twice and won, keep the fight!

TraceyFailla
TraceyFailla

So sorry to all of you that had, have, cancer. Get well Jim, I hope god is also at your side during your battle.


mtdog1260
mtdog1260

although a patriots fan I was always pulling 4 u in all 4 super bowls.I think u were a great quarterback with plenty of flash and swagger.God bless JK

RichardJenkins
RichardJenkins

cannabis oil should be a treatment consideration

dltanner7
dltanner7

As a "normal person" who fought cancer, surgeries, chemo and radiation next to other "normal persons" I am offended by his not so humble arrogance. Lots of "normal persons" have gone through what he's going through, with or without support and without the resources that he has have at his disposal. I am sorry for his condition but I think he is completely off base with his impression of the "normal person", we may not be some super athelete or entertainer but in general te salt of the earth usually are determined survivors and have endured an hundred fold of troubles that he has ever seen.

jim35
jim35

Over half a century ago I went to school @ the Univ. of Arkansas when Joe Ferguson was our QB became the QB @ Buffalo before Jim Kelly. I then went to the Univ. of Minnesota when Tarkington QB'd there. Ihave lost 4 superbowls w/ the Vikes & the Bills & I am from South Philadelphia, Pa  10 superbowls down w/ no wins. I am 70+ have had 83 surgerys  , 57 from Vietnam alone & I am still kicking when all of my friends & family are all gone. I wish Jim Kelly a godsend prayer to heal his body & make him well. I have always wondered why I am still  alive especially w/ all of the damage that I had from Nam & everyone who had someone  to live for around me passed away. It has never made sense to me.

led
led

Peter, very sorry for your loss. Jim, we're all rooting for you to get well.

downriger
downriger

i wish you well warrior your along for the ride but you must fight back, from a two time survivor. i will think of you and sandra a fringe who is battling breast cancer 

mrbrown1958
mrbrown1958

Praying for you. Read "The Cancer Killers, The cause is the cure", 110 pages of great info.,  by Dr. Charles Majors (he had cancer), Dr. Ben Lerner, With Sater Ji....www.TheCancerKillers.info

Blessings!

PaulTB
PaulTB

Hi Peter.  Sorry to hear of your loss--very nice tribute. This is from a fellow Bostonian who enjoys your passion for sports and life: Seriously, if you eat meat, try to stop. If you can, stick to whole, lightly-steamed vegetables, fresh fish, vegan protein powder, (if you cannot get fresh fish 2-3 times a day), maybe a little brown rice--no breads or pasta, nothing processed--use low heat coconut oil, also use some type of supplemental roughage such as psyllium husks or Fiber One, found in most health food stores. You may also want to speak to an MD named Dean Ornish, who helped Bill Clinton out a lot. Nothing but respect and kindness--no other reason. My very best to you. 

dhartson
dhartson

WOW ! I had no idea he was going thru this!  My best hopes and wishes for him and his family! Hang in there, you can beat this!

mbomcar
mbomcar

The hardest lesson we will ever have to learn is that life isn't fair. It's what we do with that truth going forward that makes all the difference. May the Kellys find the strength and the peace they will need to accept that this may be one battle that can't be won. 

JohnO'Brien
JohnO'Brien

Mr. Kelly. The O'Brien Clan and all the Clans of Ireland are gathering in Ireland this month for the Millennium Celebration. We will salute you there and pray our hearts out together there for your recovery. Nothing is impossible with our God.


My very best to you and your family from the O'Brien Clan  O'BrienClan.com



olesid
olesid

....you are in my Prayers Kelly.  (from : San Antonio, Texas)

JoeLaher
JoeLaher

Jim,  As I read your current circumstances, I cannot help go back over my own.  Neuro-blastoma at the age of six, 5% chance of survival. 59 years cancer free and then colon cancer.  Cannot receive chemo.  No sign of return 18 months later.  I am currently a pastor who went through a time when I asked the Lord to take me home because dealing with this new cancer had gotten so bad due to a life threatening infection.  He said NO!.  We are in the hands of an AWESOME God in who all things are possible. I came to know your teammate Frank Reich through a non-profit I was directing and Frank came and spoke at a fundraiser for us. His faith was an inspiration to me through my battle, as is yours.  It is obvious to me that both of you came from a culture of faith and determination with the Bills.  It's easy to call God good when all is well.  It's harder to call Him good when we struggle.  He is the same God.  May the God of all comfort be with you and your family each and every moment as you walk this journey.

JeanKarpinski
JeanKarpinski

GOD BLESS MR. KELLY AND HIS FAMILY I WILL SAY A PRAY FOR THEM.

LouieRey
LouieRey

He was a great quarterback and a true example of a professional.  Of course, being A Giants fan, I rooted against him in Super Bowl XXV but that doesn't diminish his talent.  No other team has yet to (or probably never will) get to four Super Bowls in a row but he led the Bills to just that.  Let's hope he finally wins the Big One and conquers this disease once and for all.

khiggins
khiggins

As tough a QB as he was... and he was the toughest I ever saw,, he is a good man.. and we need him around.. praying for you Jim 

Jason Plunkett
Jason Plunkett

@WalkerPI You sir are a negative cancer yourself and nobody needs to hear your words. Faith is the substance of things not seen, but believed to come to pass. Jim if you have been reading comments which I doubt, your gonna make it keep believing for that miracle and just know it WILL happen :P

Mrs.Beasley
Mrs.Beasley

@DrewM  What a completely asinine comment. My brother died in agony, and so did my grandmother and my dear friend. But I'd never presume to know whose agony was more agonizing and neither should you. The man has multiple malignancies, including on a NERVE leading to his brain. You really want to guess what that kind of nerve pain felt like? I wouldn't be surprised if he said that the normal person wouldn't have been able to take it because that's what his doctors told him. It doesn't take anything away from the terrible suffering your father endured if someone else endures it, too. As a matter of fact, I'll bet your father would tell you the same thing himself if he could. So I hope Kelly gets better, too. But YOU need to GROW up.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@dltanner7  you do realize he was being interviewed in front of his daughter who thinks the world of him and needs him to come across strong right? get over yourself. 

radioactivez0r
radioactivez0r

@dltanner7  You and the people who agree with you have actually reached the level of shaming cancer victims.  No no, be proud.

htg
htg

@dltanner7  


i agree with you 100%  i sympathize with anyone going through what this guy is going through but its certainly not uncommon and " normal people " go through it and more every day and their not even " kelly tough "  typical jock mentality , they think way too much of themselves because they grew a little more then the average guy and could play a kids game well .  Its a shame always liked him till i learned that he was a superior being or at least thinks of himself that way . 

TimCogan
TimCogan

@dltanner7 Thank you ! I get blasted when I express my outrage over this windbag......Everyone who fights cancer is just as tough as him.....and most , far most, have lived far more exemplary lives. for the record....I had cancer and had a stepson with similar life conditions to Hunter who passed. What makes jk so special ?

Patrick Joseph
Patrick Joseph

@ITATTRACTS @dltanner7  More important to be humble, which does not seem to be his forte but that's okay, we all have karma.  Pray for him even though he's not 'normal'. 

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