Jim Kelly Tough

From his hospital room and surrounded by family, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly details his second—and more serious—fight with cancer. Plus, DeSean Jackson begins search for a new team and the King family suffers a great loss

NEW YORK — On a high floor of Lenox Hill Hospital Saturday afternoon, Jim Kelly, 54, lay propped up in a hospital bed, his head back, hair matted and tousled, a round of pain meds and antibiotics coursing through his veins. He looked tired. His daughter Erin, a freshman at Liberty University, held his hand as he ticked off what life has been like for him lately. Four Kelly brothers and father Joe ringed the room, along with younger daughter Camryn (pictured atop this story), and his wife, Jill, followed his every word from the foot of the bed.

“There is no way I’d be here without my faith,” Jim Kelly said. “It’s been such a roller coaster. So many things. The Super Bowl losses, the fabulous career, my son born sick, making the Hall of Fame, my son dying, two plates and 10 screws in my back after major surgery, one plate and six screws in my neck after another surgery, a double hernia, the cancer, surgery on my jaw, the cancer coming back, now what I’m facing. But …”

He looked at Erin.

“When you’re going through pain, you’re what?” he said.

Not even a millisecond elapsed.

“Kelly tough,” said the eldest daughter of Jim Kelly.

* * *

The story of Jim Kelly’s second, and more serious, fight against cancer is a complicated one. But toughness is a part of it, for better and worse. As is humor. Last June, doctors removed part of his cancerous upper jaw, made a prosthesis of six fake teeth and bone, and fastened it into the hole left by the surgery. They grafted a rectangle of skin from his upper left leg to replace the skin that was lost on the roof of his mouth. The prosthesis works like a giant retainer; Kelly can remove it, and he looks like an old man without his front teeth when it’s out.

“Have you met JK Swag?” Jill said Saturday afternoon. “After surgery, Jim said, ‘I will never pull this out.’ He didn’t want us to see him like that. Jim, introduce JK Swag.”

With that, Jim took the device out of his mouth and began talking like an unintelligible old geezer and scowling, and the room roared. Then he put his teeth back in.

“Sometimes,” Erin said, “we understand JK Swag better than JK.”

“The normal person wouldn’t have been able to take it,” Jim Kelly says. “Some days, I don’t know how I did. I’d look up to the Lord and say, ‘I give. Uncle. You got me.’ ”

The family will need those moments in the coming weeks. Today, provided a slight fever is under control by this morning, Kelly begins a regimen of treatment—chemotherapy Monday and Tuesday, radiation Wednesday, Thursday and Friday—designed to stop the cancer that is dangerously close to the carotid artery in his head. It’s too perilous to operate now, even if the cancer that has spread up his infraorbital nerve can be neutralized, because there’s no guarantee all of it can be found and removed. If doctors operated and all the cancer wasn’t eradicated, weeks could go by before chemo or radiation could begin while he recovers from surgery, and that crucial time could allow the cancer to spread into his brain unabated. So for now, it’s several weeks of aggressive chemo and radiation. Kelly’s New York oncologist, Dr. Peter Costantino, called Kelly’s condition “very treatable and potentially curable” last week.

“If he’s saying it,” Kelly said, “I hope so. I just know there’s a lot of work to do, to shrink the cancer. I just pray it works. If you hear I’m about to have surgery, then you know it’s working. That’s the goal. But it won’t be an easy operation.”

It’s a complex cancer. There’s not a big tumor in his head, but rather countless microscopic ones. That’s probably a major reason why the cancer was tough to diagnose when it returned. Kelly was having headaches—“massive headaches and migraines”—and doctors thought it might stem from problems with the teeth that remained after the jaw surgery last June. He had six root canals on the left side of his mouth in the months after the surgery. But still the pain, the headaches, remained. “The pain became a blessing,” said Jill Kelly. Without the pain, doctors might not have been as aggressive in searching for the pain’s root cause. And because Kelly has a long history of clamming up about his pain, doctors took notice when he said his head was really hurting him.

After a while this winter, Jim Kelly knew there was something amiss. And further scans this month showed the little spots of cancer, many of them riding up the nerve leading to his brain.

“I guarantee the normal person wouldn’t have been able to take it,” he said. “Some days, I don’t know how I did. I complained about my headaches for months, and for a while I thought it was just part of the healing process from such a serious surgery. But obviously it was more than that. I’d look up to the Lord and say, ‘I give. Uncle. You got me.

“But now, this is just another river to cross. Now we know what it is, and we’ll keep fighting. Whatever I did in life”—now he motioned to the crowded room of family—“I never did alone. So we’ll fight. It’s in the Lord’s hands now.”

At times, the support system has him feeling a little guilty. He walks the halls here and sees patients, some very seriously ill, alone. “There’s a lady down the hall,” he said to his brothers the other day. “Anybody visit her? I never see anyone. We should bring her some of my flowers.”

Jim Kelly was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. (David Maxwell/Getty Images)
Jim Kelly was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. (David Maxwell/Getty Images)

“Part of that,” piped up Dan Kelly, “is the influence my mom had on us all. Mom would give away our winter coats. She’d say, ‘That kid needed it more. You boys will be fine.’”

The Kelly family follows that Christian message now. Sometimes, their message and belief is so strong it sounds like a gospel tent in the room.

“All the fame Jim had in football,” said Dan. “I honestly believe that is just an instrument for God to use his notoriety for a greater purpose. What was his plan? Not many people can endure the kind of pain Jim is enduring, and the pain—we despise it. But we know the purpose.”

“He can be a messenger of hope,” Jill said.

“You know it,” said Jim.

“It’s such a great opportunity for Jim to be on the same level as everyone else, for people to see him struggle and to identify with him. It gives everyone strength,’’ said Jill.

“You got that right,” said Jim.

* * *

On Friday night, I put out a message on Twitter to my followers. I asked if any of them had a message to send to Kelly, whose illness has been reported far and wide. I wanted to see what the level of compassion and concern was.

Here how the response started, from Samuel Nielsen of Wisconsin: “1,573 people live in North Prairie, WI and every one of them is praying for you, Jim.”

Then words came from Rochester, N.Y., Dallas; Princeton, N.J.; Peru, Ill.; the nation of Peru; Bullhead City, Ariz.; Boston; Windsor, Ontario; Lexington; Huntsville, Ala.; Bolivia; Edmonton; Delta Junction, Alaska; Brazil; Perth, Australia; Sweden; Red Deer, Alberta; Put-in-Bay, Ohio; Dublin, Ireland; Cork, Ireland; Sioux Falls, S.D. (“No one circles the wagons like Jim Kelly,” wrote Clay Beeker); Kuwait, the Philippines and Hyderabad, India. “Met him once at a Bills tailgate. Made me feel like I’ve known him for 15 years,” wrote Adam from Toronto. And: Qatar; Altoona, Pa.; The Woodlands, Texas; Newcastle, Wash.; Iceland; Zephyr, Ontario; Mumbai, India; Lone Tree, Colo.; Panama City, Fla.; the nation of Panama; Guadalajara, Mexico; Onaka, S.D.; American Samoa; Sydney, Australia; Tacoma; Hong Kong; Pakistan (Pakistan!); Donnybrook, Western Australia; and scores from Buffalo and Hamburg and the environs in western New York. Scores.

Jim Kelly is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to the Super Bowl in four straight seasons. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Jim Kelly is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to the Super Bowl in four straight seasons. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Why? Why the overwhelming love for Kelly? My theory: People love the fighter he was as a player. People loved much else about him as a player (called his own plays, never whined about losing the Super Bowl four straight years). People felt for him after his son died. People in Buffalo never had a bad thing to say about him. He never left Buffalo after his career for greener—or warmer—pastures. Blue-collar guy in an increasingly white-collar game.

And the overwhelming sadness of a good man’s life being threatened too soon. 

Wrote Rich Gannon (yes, that Rich Gannon): “Please know brother that you remain in our thoughts and prayers. No hill is too tough for a climber like you.” 

Wrote Allan Ruigu of Nairobi, Kenya: “Saw Kelly’s daughter’s pic with him in a hospital bed, heart wrenching. Get well soon & be strong.”        

Wrote Julien Urgenti: “I started watching football in the early 90s in Lyon, France. My love with football began with Kelly’s Bills. Go Jim!”

Wrote Asif Malik: “Get well soon, Jim Kelly. A great player on the field and I’ve heard, an even better person off it. (from Istanbul) #beatcancer”

I read 15 or 20 of them to Kelly and to the room of Kellys. He took a moment to compose himself.

Jim Kelly's daughter Erin posted this picture on Instagram with the caption: "Watching the Syracuse game with daddy. he's my buddy! Love him so much!! #daddysgirl #prayersforjk #KellytoughFollow"
Jim Kelly’s daughter Erin posted this picture on Instagram with the caption: “Watching the Syracuse game with daddy. he’s my buddy! Love him so much!! #daddysgirl #prayersforjk #KellytoughFollow”

“Humbling,” he said. “Humbling. I had no idea. I mean, I don’t do Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, whatever. But they tell me about it. There’s a lot of ‘Get well, Jim Kelly,’ out there, and I am so appreciative of that. I really don’t know what to say.”

After a while, a doctor came in and said she had to clear the room to examine Jim. Camryn and Jill’s mom went to get a bite to eat. The brothers went to relax downstairs in a waiting room. Jill and Erin adjourned to a waiting room down the hall that they’ve filled with inspirational Bible verses (“The Lord is my helper … I will not be afraid”). It’s the Kelly women who have raised awareness of his disease and made it an international thing. 

They’ve done it through social media. Particularly noticeable was an Instagram photo Erin posted last week of her and her father laying in his hospital bed watch the Syracuse NCAA game on TV. Jim looked as weak as a pup. Erin looked devoted, hanging onto his arm. It went viral, quickly. Erin was stunned at the reaction, but it’s a social-media world, and emotional pictures of struggling heroes and their clinging daughters … well, that’s going to be a home run. And it was.

“We’re a sports family,” Erin said. “I just wanted to hang out with him. I never thought it would [go global] the way it did, but I like it because it shows the realness of our family. And that’s the raw truth of what he’s going through.”

She puts out pictures for the world to see, she said, “so people will pray. We believe in the power of prayer.”

The college freshman is a mature kid. She is not a hunter, but her father is, and so, for a Christmas present, she told her dad she was getting her hunting license, and the two of them would go on a hunting trip. “He’s my buddy,” she said. “I want to.”

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Jim Kelly retired from the NFL in January 1997 with his wife Jill by his side. (Wayne Scarberry/Getty Images)
Jim Kelly retired from the NFL in January 1997 with his wife, Jill, by his side. (Wayne Scarberry/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, when Jim and Jill Kelly had a moment alone, and they were digesting the news that the insidious cancer inside Jim’s face and head had returned with a vengeance, they began reflecting. When they reflect, the subject is often their late son Hunter, who died at 8 of a rare nervous system disease in 2005.

“Well,” Jim said, “I know where my son is, in heaven. And I’ll probably see him before you.”

“No!’’ Jill said. “NO! Do NOT say that again!”

Jill Kelly recalled the story down the hall from her husband on this rainy Manhattan afternoon. “That,” she said, “cut to my heart. I lost it.”

But the thought is unavoidable. The reality of their lives, all of their lives, is that Jim Kelly is fighting for his. He’s in the best hands he can be, and all they all can do is hope, and pray, that modern science works, and these microscopic cancer cells don’t continue the march to Jim Kelly’s brain.

“He’s never been through anything like this, obviously,” Erin Kelly said. “But I know the way he raised us. And I know who he is. He will fight this till his last breath. He’s a Kelly.”

DeSean Jackson had 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns for the Eagles in 2013. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
DeSean Jackson had 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns for the Eagles in 2013. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

A very busy week, and weekend, in the life of the NFL, and a sad Sunday for me. My brother Ken died suddenly of a heart attack in a small village in England, and I’ll tell you a bit about him in a few paragraphs. Most of the following was written before I got the phone call, so here it is.

DeSean Jackson starts his meetings in Washington tonight. If history is a judge, I would expect owner Dan Snyder and GM Bruce Allen to put on the hard sell to sign Jackson when he arrives in Virginia late today—or at least sometime before he leaves for his second meeting somewhere in the NFL. Snyder is a gambler. He does not like to lose players he wants, and why would he not be aggressive in pursuing Jackson? Washington is $7 million under the cap—not a lot of dough, but consider that its three best offensive weapons now (Pierre Garçon, Alfred Morris and newly signed wideout Andre Roberts) count for a reasonable $12.55 million on the cap this year. 

This is contingent, of course, on Allen and coach Jay Gruden and Washington assistants asking around about Jackson’s attitude, work ethic and off-field stuff. The most logical conclusion, after the NJ.com report on Jackson’s off-field associations followed by the Eagles’ release of him, is that Jackson has some friends who are gang members but is not a gang member himself and hasn’t been detained by the police in any sort of gang-related activities. I can see Allen, as good a contract-writer as there is in the business, putting in enough insurance to protect Washington—and I also think Allen will be the calming influence on Snyder so the owner doesn’t throw so much money at Jackson to prevent him from seeking other options. And there will be more suitors.

So what happened in Philadelphia? I don’t think there was one specific event. I think there was a feeling internally in Philadelphia that Jackson should have been one of the team leaders, and an argument on the sideline would crop up, and he wasn’t the best work ethic guy, and I always got the feeling that old and new administrations weren’t crazy about Jackson being in position to influence some of the younger players on the team. Yes, Chip Kelly wants everything done his way; maybe Jackson chafed at that. Whatever, it’s clear that if you’re not a good fit in the Kelly puzzle you’re not going to last in Philadelphia. But I want to stress that I don’t think this was a Kelly decision alone. I think this was organizational, brought on some by the negative publicity that came with the damaging NJ.com article released Friday.

One more thing: Many of you asked Friday why the Eagles didn’t just try to get something, anything for Jackson. Just my feeling, because neither Kelly nor GM Howie Roseman were talking over the weekend, but I’d bet a lot that the Eagles, once the NJ.com story got out, didn’t know if there was going to be more bad stuff coming out on Jackson, and didn’t want any team coming back to them saying, “What were you hiding?” Plus, no team would have given anything for Jackson after that story hit the internet Friday—even though there was nothing damning in it, just a lot of smoke.

Replacing Jackson. The loss of Jackson will be softened by two players Chip Kelly has never had a chance to coach in the regular season: Jeremy Maclin and Darren Sproles. Maclin tore his right ACL in the first week of Eagles camp last summer and was lost for the season; he has rehabbed well and should be ready to play by the summer at full speed. Sproles, of course, was acquired in a trade earlier this month from New Orleans. I’d be excited about the prospect of those two players joining Riley Cooper to form a strong receiver/slot combo platter, with LeSean McCoy wheel-routing as a good option out of the backfield. But the difference between Jackson and the Maclin/Sproles combination is easy: Jackson’s a legitimate top-five-in-the-league deep threat. Maclin’s not. In their last two healthy seasons, Maclin (2012) and Sproles (2013) averaged a combined 10.4 yards per catch. Jackson averaged 16.2, and caught five passes a game. That’s a big hole to fill. I don’t doubt Kelly can accommodate Jackson’s absence, but it’s not going to be easy.

New England's Bill Belichick is in favor of coaches being allowed to challenge all calls. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
New England’s Bill Belichick is in favor of coaches being allowed to challenge all calls. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Belichick leads on instant replay. More than a few people at the NFL meetings in Orlando took note of how engaged New England coach Bill Belichick—not normally a big speaker at league meetings—acted in the discussion on instant replay. Belichick believes every call should be replay review-able, and I’m told he gave a reasoned, cogent explanation of his position to the league when the matter was discussed last week. “Let’s open it up,” he said—meaning let’s allow any call to be reviewed. Instead of the focus being on controversial calls that were wrong and by rule reviewable, he advocated for any call (with still a max of two per team) to be subject to a challenge. There’s growing sentiment for that position, and Belichick is obviously a respected voice in the room, but there’s certainly not the necessary 24 votes right now for what would be a major change to replay. I’m in favor of that, by the way. There were 1.65 replay reviews per game last season. Even if that were to go up to, say, 2.65 per game with the Belichick initiative, I don’t see much time being added to the average length of games, because most of the reviews (65 percent last year, officiating czar Dean Blandino said) can be done in conjunction with TV timeouts.

And some movement on the PAT too. Good idea by Competition Committee member and noted conservative-football guy Mike Brown of the Bengals: Put all conversion tries at the one-yard line. The kick would be a piece of cake, of course, but the shorter distance would motivate more teams to go for a two-point conversion. A team with a power running attack or a great spread scheme might be emboldened to go for two consistently. (For that I pray. How fun would it be?)

Other takeaways from the meetings… 

  • One of the stars of the show in Orlando was Wade Davis, the former NFL player who came out as gay after he retired. He’s consulting with the league on gay issues. Davis left several coaches and GMs a bit open-mouthed when he told them: “Every one of you guys has two or three gay guys on your team.  I know. I talk to them.”
  • Denver coach John Fox said “high on his list,” when his team gets back together in April, will be talking to the group about locker-room inclusiveness. “I thought [Davis’ talk] was the most incredible thing I’ve seen here [at a league meeting], and I’ve been coming to these a long time.”
  • I asked Pete Carroll abut the continued development of Russell Wilson, and he told me two interesting things: He thinks Wilson can be a 70-percent passer, and Wilson and Percy Harvin are already throwing together this offseason. And also this: Carroll will not be going light on Wilson now that he’s won a Super Bowl. “He needs all the attention that everyone else needs, and he’s gonna get it,” Carroll said. “Russell’s just a young guy figuring it out. Of course, he applies himself so well that you think that he’s okay. I think that would be a tragic mistake. He’s just developing. He’s just coming on. He needs work fundamentally. He needs work on the principles of what we’re doing. He needs repetitions with the guys he plays with. All of that will just continue to add to his play. So we’re not going to treat him any differently than anybody else. We’re gonna battle like crazy to make him push his game as far as he can take it. So that’s what this offseason is about. He’ll be available as much as a guy can be available. He’s already traveling with our guys. Throwing with our guys. Working out with guys all over the country. He’s ringing the bell now. Wherever he goes, they know he’s coming. He’s gonna get them out and get them on a field somewhere, and throw the ball around, and do something with the fellas.’’

Divining the Draft. The five teams that intrigue me—for movement possibilities and volume—in the wake of the release of the official draft order the other day:

  • Cleveland. With eight picks in the top 150 (4, 26, 35, 71, 83, 106, 127 and 145), Browns GM Ray Farmer can surely move around with that fourth overall pick if there’s one player he can’t do without. If Farmer wants Sammy Watkins or Jadeveon Clowney or one of the two great tackles, no question he has the draft-pick currency to do it.
  • Detroit. Now the free-agent losses of Cliff Avril and Gosder Cherilus last year pay off, with two fourth-round compensatory picks. The Lions have six picks in the first four rounds (10, 45, 76, 111, 133, 136). GM Martin Mayhew can get the corner of his dreams in the first round and still get a good receiver in round two, or by moving higher with his trove of picks.
  • St. Louis. The Rams are open for business, with an extra first-round pick again (they pick at 2, 13, 44 and 75 on the first two days), but this might be the year they sit and take one of the two top tackles and be thankful that Washington (from whom they got the No. 2 pick) was so bad last fall.
  • Baltimore. The Ravens, with six picks in the top four rounds (17, 48, 79, 99, 134, 138), might be lucky enough that a great player at a position of not-so-great need (wideout Mike Evans?) falls into their laps early. But Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome always has the trade market pegged well, and he could move up if there’s a player of his dreams (Anthony Barr? Khalil Mack?) hanging around low in the top 10.
  • New York Jets. Your move, John Idzik. The Jets GM has been conservative in free agency, not wanting to pay big at a need position like corner, and with six picks in the top four rounds (18, 49, 80, 104, 115, 137) he can finally put more of his stamp on the team. Expect a corner in the first two rounds.

R.I.P. Ralph
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One last note about Ralph Wilson. I wrote the other day how you always got the unvarnished version of events when you talked to Ralph Wilson. “ ‘Unvarnished’ would be quite an understatement,’ ’’ said his long-time PR man, Scott Berchtold, who still manages media affairs for the Bills. “He didn’t listen to me often, and I have to say 99 percent of the time he was right. I mean, this is a man who served our country in the Pacific theater in World War II as a mine-sweeper. And I’m going to tell him, ‘Watch what you say?’”

Want an example?

Late in the 1998 season, two controversial officials’ calls went against Buffalo, and the Bills lost a 25-21 game to New England. Wilson criticized the officials afterward. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue fined him $50,000, saying his comments about the officials were “corrosive.” Wilson issued this statement:

“The commissioner lecturing to me as if I were a novice, instead of one who has been involved in football infinitely longer than he has, contends that criticizing a call has ‘destructive and corrosive effects on the game.’ What is more destructive and corrosive—errant calls in front of millions of viewers or my statements of opinion? People all over the country registered shock at the way the officials, however honorable their purpose, took the game away from us. Even the league has admitted to us that the calls near the conclusion of the game were incorrect. On Monday morning, the commissioner can sermonize on destruction and corrosion, but he has never experienced the pain of blowing a crucial game due to officiating. I have yet to decide whether I will pay or challenge the fine. But, at 80, I know I don’t need pompous lectures from the commissioner and I feel that the $50,000 is not only unwarranted, but punitive in nature. The next time he may ask me to sit in the corner.”

That is what I call a statement from the heart—something we never, ever see anymore in the NFL.

Kenny King, 1949-2014.

My brother died Sunday, doing what he absolutely loved to do. He was 64, recently retired, a walkaholic, and he and his wife, Jane, were walking in a small village in England—where they lived—and he stumbled and fell. He said he didn’t feel well. An ambulance was called. On the way to the hospital his heart stopped, and the medics in the ambulance couldn’t make it start again.

Two King brothers gone, one left. That’s me, the baby of the family. Two King siblings left: Pam, my sister, and me.

It hurts in such a different way from the pain of my brother Bob’s death in 2010, also from a heart attack. Bob was just three years older than I was, and we spent a lot of time together playing sports and sharing a room and, well, beating each other up. (He got the better of those, but it didn’t stop me.) Ken was eight years older, and I didn’t interact with him very much as a kid. That’s a big age gap. But after I got out of college, we started talking more, and visiting more, and even when he and Jane moved to England in 1983, we kept in touch consistently. And what was a distant relationship became in past years a much closer one. He was my buddy. My wife and I visited Ken and Jane three weeks ago, to see them and their new grandson, Thomas. We walked. We watched sports. We went to pubs. One night, we stopped in one of his favorites, The Lamplighter in Northampton, 90 minutes north of London. We talked about retirement; this was his first full year of it. I wondered what he wanted to do with himself now. “Nothing,’’ he said. “There will come a time when I’ll want to do something, but I love just getting up and having nothing to do right now.”

Brothers Peter and Kenny King (Courtesy of the King family)
Brothers Peter and Kenny King (Courtesy of the King family)

Except watching and monitoring sports. From his little village of Denton in the middle of sheep pastures, he’d listen to Yankee games on the internet (however did we coexist?) and tell me the most arcane things. “Chamberlain can never get the first batter out,” he’d say, “Why does Girardi keep using him?” A string of those things, almost daily. We planned a baseball trip this summer, and last Thursday we confirmed all the details by phone. He and Jane would fly into Boston in June, and we’d see games in Boston and New York and Washington. Baseball trips were his favorites. We went to Game One of the 2012 World Series in San Francisco; there’s a photo of us together before that game, right in his kitchen. We went on three spring training trips too. He just loved baseball, but he also loved cricket and rugby and his fantasy soccer team. And Liverpool. We were going to Anfield when I visited three weeks ago, but Liverpool had to move the game to a later date, so we missed out. No matter. “We’ll go next season,” I said. Instead, we got to sit in his living room and watch Six Nations Rugby. Ken was a pal of Neil Hornsby, the Pro Football Focus guru, and when I called Neil to tell him the news, he said, “We were going to a cricket match soon.”

Ken was the smart guy in the family. He went to William & Mary, the first college grad in the King family, and earned a scholarship to Cambridge University for a year. Everything he encountered he wanted to know more about. I always saw him reading—at a young age, middle age, now. He was a relentless learner. And such a good person. All three mornings in England, he said, “Ready to go for coffee?” He didn’t drink it, but he took me to the Costa Coffee shop in the next town, knowing I wanted a latte in the morning. That was Ken and Jane—always concerned first, second and third with others.

Anyway … I don’t know what else to say about my big brother. Except I love the fact we got closer later in life, and I couldn’t wait to see him when he came over, or when I went over there. He was a very good man, and I’m lucky he was my brother.

Quotes of the Week

I

“I like tradition. But the extra point is so boring.”
—The late Bills owner Ralph Wilson, to club CEO Russ Brandon not long before he died.

II

“I know the grass is going to be great. It’ll be like a pool table, a billiards table. This will be like Augusta fairways.”
—San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh, on the quality of the grass in the new stadium the 49ers will open this fall in Santa Clara, 45 minutes south of San Francisco. 

III

“We’re very comfortable with where we are in being one of the six teams that don’t have cheerleaders. And the other five that share that same policy are ones that are traditional franchises, and it’s the same group that’s been in place for the last several years. We’re comfortable being a part of that group.”
—Lions president Tom Lewand, who said the team will play the 2014 season (and apparently many seasons into the future) without cheerleaders.

The other five teams without cheerleaders: The Steelers, Browns, Bears, Giants and Packers.

IV

“I love where I work, and more importantly I love what I do. I feel like I’m at halftime.”
—Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, who has coached the Packers for eight years. Eight more, anyone? 

V

“You know what your role is? When your phone rings and your name’s called, go get people out. That’s your role.”
—Houston manager Bo Porter, to the Houston Chronicle, asked about the problem of his team having a closer by committee entering the baseball season, with the Astros’ relief pitchers not having defined roles.

I really like that answer.

Stat of the Week

One of the reasons the NFL knows it has to do something about the ease of kicking is the man Pittsburgh has kicking: Shaun Suisham. Take a look:

  • Suisham made 96.3 percent of all kicks (131-136) over the past two years. The breakdown: 73 of 73 extra points and 58 of 63 field goals.
  • He is perfect in 29 of his last 32 games.
  • Suisham is no one’s choice as the best kicker in football.

That’s not a knock on Suisham. The point is, if Shaun Suisham is a 92-percent field-goal kicker over two seasons, and has to boot his home kicks in an unfriendly stadium for kickers (Heinz Field, Pittsburgh), you know kickers are getting so good the league has to do something to try to make it tougher for them, either on extra points or field goals or both. 

Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me

From the Football Guy Till The End Dept.:

Five days before he died, Ralph Wilson called club CEO Russ Brandon to be briefed on the bylaws and rules proposals due to be discussed at the NFL meetings in Florida.

Mr. Starwood Preferred Member Travel Note of the Week

So I’m driving along State Route 192 in Osceola County, Fla., returning from a visit with Doug Flutie (who now lives in Melbourne Beach, Fla.) last Wednesday, and this is what I see:

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Tweets of the Week

I

“@DeseanJackson10 and me have been boys since we were kids…No one should be judged by the actions of others! #fam”
@RSherman_25, the Seattle cornerback and boyhood friend of Jackson in Los Angeles, after Jackson was cut by the Eagles Friday and linked to gangs.

II

“Chris Culliver, brassed knucklehead. #49ers”
@CassiusMK, a producer and video journalist at CNN, after the Niners cornerback was arrested for threatening a motorist with brass knuckles in San Jose Friday.

That has to be the first brass-knuckle arrest in recent NFL history, no?

III

“Surprised that NFL tabled proposal by Cincinnati to not pay players. Thought it had wide support.”
@RattoCSN, columnist Ray Ratto of CSN Bay Area, during the NFL meetings last week.

IV

“What Boston firefighters did today, including two sacrificing their lives, is why I refuse to refer to any athlete/entertainer as a hero.”
—@trenni, CSN New England reporter Trenni Kusnierek, after two firefighters lost their lives battle a nine-alarm Back Bay blaze Wednesday.

V

“Miguel Cabrera will earn $49,423 PER AT BAT over the next decade. Median annual income of a household in Michigan: $48,471.”
@darrenrovell, the ESPN sports business reporter, after Cabrera signed a new deal with the Tigers last week. 

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
Have a question or comment for Peter? Email him at talkback@themmqb.com and it might be included in Tuesday’s mailbag.
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.

311 comments
lissakropfli
lissakropfli

Am lissa k. I was HIV/AIDS positive and BLOOD CANCER for 3 years and i have been contacting fake Doctors who ran away with my hard earn money i felt hopeless, until i saw a testimony of how RICK SIMPSONhas been

healing people suffering from CANCER,HIV and other diseases,i decided to give him a try by contacting him and today am free.i want to express a heart felt

appreciation to the RICK SIMPSON for healing me. I have directed people with Cancer, Barren women, ALS and other aiments

and those with different problem to him and he favored them differently.I have not seen any one as powerful as the

lord spiritual. Just put him to test and see what he can do. (Seen is believing)for more information contact me on lissakropfli@gmail.com.

I vowed to testify of what he has done. For any problem just contact or email him on rick.simpson@consultant.com


lissakropfli
lissakropfli

Am lissa k. I was HIV/AIDS positive and BLOOD CANCER for 3 years and i have been contacting fake Doctors who ran away with my hard earn money i felt hopeless, until i saw a testimony of how RICK SIMPSONhas been

healing people suffering from CANCER,HIV and other diseases,i decided to give him a try by contacting him and today am free.i want to express a heart felt

appreciation to the RICK SIMPSON for healing me. I have directed people with Cancer, Barren women, ALS and other ailments

and those with different problem to him and he favored them differently.I have not seen any one as powerful as the

lord spiritual. Just put him to test and see what he can do. (Seen is believing)for more information contact me on lissakropfli@gmail.com.

I vowed to testify of what he has done. For any problem just contact or email him on rick.simpson@consultant.com

kevinmottus2014
kevinmottus2014

Along with Lebron James who had a tumor in his Salivary Gland, I wish Jim Kelly would talk about the dangers of wireless cell phones microwaving our heads causing malignant and non-malignant tumors to save our children who are getting struck down more and more as they increase their use of wireless and exposure to this carcinogenic, genotoxic, neurotoxic microwave agent.  See saferemr.com out of UC Berkeley School of Public Health for more info.  Just ask Steve Jobs, Johnnie Cochran, Darrel Daulton, Sheryl Crow, Mark Ruffalo if wireless is safe!  Wireless companies are funding their own research and paying off politicians with campaign contributions to hide the mass murder they are getting away with.  Kevin

LindaRianaMorin
LindaRianaMorin

You are a very brave man.  My brother had a different form of sino/nasal cancer and went through so much of what you have.  His faith and sense of humor and the love of a large family sustained him.  God be with you.  

TeresaBlubaughHall
TeresaBlubaughHall

You have got this Jim Kelly, I know this... Because I am a Cancer Survivor... 5 1/2 years ago I found out I had Head and Neck cancer. I had a tumor in my neck 5 centimeters big and many little ones in 2 lymph nodes. My 22 year old son was with me when the doctor told us and then we had to go and tell his sister and their terminally ill Dad that I had cancer. I like Jim never asked what stage only that I wanted to live, my kids were prepared to lose their Dad but not prepared to lose their Mom and what I needed to do to stay alive. Here I am 5 1/2 years later, 6 months of extensive chemo, 35 treatments of the most extensive radiation they could give me, 185 pounds smaller and I am cancer FREE.. I have been for 5 years. Was it easy??? NOOOOO... worst time of my life.. but I am here to support you Mr. Kelly with my knowledge and sacrifices. Because of the cancer,radiation and surgery I have no saliva glands on my left side and very little saliva produced from my right ones. Because of this my taste buds don't work well. I can't taste anything sweet or salty... My tongue has no taste buds on the top of it. Spicy, sweet, salty things burn, food is just a necessity... But I am ALIVE to miss what food use to taste like. I drink a lot of Coffee and Water. But I am alive to miss drinking anything else. YOU HAVE GOT THIS JIM... GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOU BEATING THIS CANCER... GOD BLESS YOU... If you or anyone has questions that I can answer please feel free to ask. Oral cancer is the fastest growing cancer among young people.  BTW I am 56 years old and I plan on being here until I am 90...


Teresa from Wichita



TonyCrispino
TonyCrispino

Cowboys fan here------ #1 QB of all time.  May God bless you Jim!

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.

lissakropfli
lissakropfli

for any cancer and other aliments contact my recommended Dr Email: rick.simpson@consultant.com 

lissakropfli
lissakropfli

i am a living testimony i was having cancer blood and ALS i was healed by DR rick simpson, if you have any just contact him or mail or recommend for a friend, here his email: rick.simpson@consultant.com

LindaRianaMorin
LindaRianaMorin

@WalkerPI I had two brothers with head and neck cancers.  One survived and one has no cancer and he is cancer free for 8 years.  If you could see what they both went through you would know they, and Jim Kelly, are the toughest guys a alive.  I doubt you will be voted into the Optimist Club but hey even you can change.  

JohnWalton
JohnWalton

@WalkerPI Walker, You need a good dose of forgiveness that only the Lord Jesus Christ can provide for you. What ever has happen to you it sounds like it is consuming you to were you just want to try to hurt people with your words. Stand up to your sorrow and take on The Lord, you will see that it can change you.

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.

lissakropfli
lissakropfli

you are right i was given cannabalis oil by rick simpson i applied it for 3 good days behold my cancer was gone, his is DR rick simpson private email: rick.simpson@consultant.com i got this email in Canada when i went for health conference, since then lots of cancers has been heal and reduced, please lets spread the email to other regions to save life, this is great

lissakropfli
lissakropfli

@RichardJenkins you are right i was given cannabalis oil by rick simpson i applied it for 3 good days behold my cancer was gone, his is DR rick simpson private email: rick,simpson@consultant.com i got this email in Canada when i went for health conference, since then lots of cancers has been heal and reduced, please lets spread the email to other regions to save life

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 ?

JohnWalton
JohnWalton

@Jason Plunkett @WalkerPI

My wife and I are walking this road and let me tell you with out our faith in our Lord and the hope of a better day coming we would of lost this battle. I was told by her doctor to get her house in order because her treatment wasn't working. We did not listen to that we focused on the Lord. Today she is on a maintenances drug, but it is under control. Jim you and your family hold on and let not the non believers get in your way. I'm praying for you and all of your Kelly tough family.

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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