Jill Kelly/AP
Jill Kelly/AP

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.”

* * *

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.”

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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.

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!

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.

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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