Jim Kelly’s unwavering determination throughout his battle with cancer hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The legendary Bills quarterback will receive the Jimmy V Award at the 2018 ESPY Awards next month.
Kelly was diagnosed with oral cancer in June 2013 but a biopsy in July 2016 revealed he was cancer-free. However, he underwent a massive surgery in March to reconstruct his upper jaw and will have another in June to stabilize it. He could even require another procedure in September.
Kelly, 58, led the Bills to four straight AFC championships from 1990-93, but lost each Super Bowl appearance. A five-time Pro Bowl selection and the USFL MVP in 1984, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
I do think the team would have bought in more to what Coach Carroll was saying instead of going the opposite way of, hey, this is what we thought the foundation of the team was, and that’s not what happened on this particular play, Avril said. So I think guys started questioning him more, more so than actually following his lead if we’d won that Super Bowl.
The former NFL running back took to Twitter on Saturday to share an inspiring video about his recovery journey after undergoing brain surgery.
Doctors discovered a brain tumor in 2011 during a routine physical before Harrison could rejoin the Eagles. He later lost his motor skills and was expected to live his life as a quadriplegic, but eventually recovered.
For the rest of your life you’re going to have people telling you what you can and cannot do, Harrison said. Nobody can determine what you do but yourself, and what I’ve realized through my life is my attitude controls everything. I was told I would never walk again, I would live the rest of my life in a wheelchair. And I’m here standing in front of you today.
Harrison, 35, was selected by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Eagles in 2010 and later signed with the Lions in 2011, though he was traded back to Philadelphia.