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Kent Hull trophy to honor Miss. lineman

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2013 – 9:28 am

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Bills Wall of Famer Kent Hull was a lot of things to a lot of people. To many he was a teammate, a leader and a friend. Now his memory will be honored with the Kent Hull trophy.

Each fall the Hull Trophy will go to the Mississippi college offensive lineman who most displays those traits that enabled Hull to play in three Pro Bowls, four Super Bowls and become one of the most respected linemen and leaders in the NFL. That according to the Hattiesburg American.

The trophy — a bronzed replica of Hull at work — will be presented each year at the C-Spire Conerly Trophy Banquet. Money to fund and perpetuate the award is being raised at ‘A Tribute to Kent Hull Banquet’ on Sept. 24.

Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.


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Kelly gives QB nod to Kolb

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 19, 2013 – 10:15 am

A week and a half before training camp, Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly says if he had to pick the Bills starting QB for this year, he’d go with the veteran.

Kelly weighed in on the quarterback battle between veteran Kevin Kolb and first round draft pick EJ Manuel Thursday night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show.

“I’ve been to a couple of practices,” Kelly said. “If I had to give a nod, I really would look more towards Kevin Kolb right now. And the reason I say that is, he’s a veteran. He’s been through it. He knows what to look at.”

“When EJ Manuel, when he gets it, when it starts clicking with him, and the more I saw him, the more people I talk to, it’s starting to click more and more,” Kelly told host John Murphy. “He’s such a great athlete, he’s got such a strong arm, and he’s got such good football sense, which is why they drafted him.”

Kelly says no matter who wins the starting QB job at training camp, the Bills figure to be better off at the position than they have been in recent years.

“Right now, it will be interesting to see how this training camp pans out. Both of them had great minicamps, they both did very good jobs. The whole coaching staff looked at them, and that was one position they might not have to worry about as much as they have in the past.”

Kelly is preparing for a one day youth football clinic at St John Fisher College in Rochester next Tuesday, July 23rd. Information on the clinic is available here.

The entire radio interview with Jim Kelly is available here.


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Jim Kelly-“I’m slowly getting better”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 19, 2013 – 9:12 am

It has only been six weeks since Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly underwent extensive surgery on his mouth and jaw to remove a cancerous tumor. But the always resilient QB is on the comeback road.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, Kelly says his recovery continues, although not quite as quickly as he would like.

“I’m getting better,” Kelly said on the radio show. “I’m not a very patient person and the patience has been running out for a couple of weeks now, just wondering when the pain’s going to subside. I am getting better, slowly but surely, it will all come to a head where I’ll be fine and get back to normal. But they had to do a lot.”

Kelly announced at his football camp three weeks ago that he is cancer free and will not require immediate chemotherapy or radiation. And he’s looking forward to a checkup in a couple of weeks.

“I’ve heard so many horror stories about chemo and radiation, and some of the things other people have gone through. I send my prayers out to them every night,” he told host John Murphy.

” We have to continue to listen to what my dentist says and what my doctors say, and do the right thing. In about two weeks, I go for my first CT scan to make sure none of the cancer has come back. I’m very blessed.”

Kelly will be on hand for a one day youth football clinic at St John Fisher College in Rochester next Tuesday, July 23rd. Information about the clinic is available here.

The entire radio interview with Jim Kelly is available here.


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Kelly sees Patriots as vulnerable

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm

Eager to see the Bills succeed much like they did when he was their quarterback, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly in an appearance on NFL AM on NFL Network shared his opinion on how vulnerable the Patriots are with all that they’ve lost from their high-powered offense this offseason.

“They’re very vulnerable,” Kelly said. “From the standpoint of Tom Brady if you look at what he’s lost with your number one player Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. Losing Welker is like for me when I was playing, losing Andre Reed. A guy you depend on not just week in and week out, but in clutch situations you always looked toward your number one target. Mine was always Andre Reed and when you lose a Wes Welker that’s going to hurt. There’s no doubt they have to feel something being without your four or five top receivers.”

New England lost top receiver Welker to Denver, they released Lloyd (2nd in receiving), Rob Gronkowski (3rd) is coming off back surgery and is a question mark for the start of the regular season, Hernandez (4th) is in jail and Danny Woodhead (5th) signed with San Diego.

Still, Kelly is confident New England’s head coach will devise ways around the offense’s personnel shortcomings.

“I’m sure Bill Belichick will find a way,” said Kelly. “He’s probably already got something up his sleeve. But I don’t really feel too sorry for them. I don’t really feel too sorry for them because sooner or later the Bills have got to rise to the top and if we have to take it that way, oh well.”

 


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Kelly weighs in on Bills QB competition

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 11:20 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone has labeled the quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb and EJ Manuel a virtual dead heat going into training camp. Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly was asked to weigh in on the competition in his Thursday morning appearance on the NFL Network.

“Both are throwing the ball very, very well,” said Kelly, who attended a few of the spring practices. “I think Kevin Kolb might be a little bit ahead because of the mental approach. He’s been in the league for a number of years. EJ Manuel is a very smart, bright guy. He has the athletic ability that maybe Kolb might not have. I’d say the early pick would probably be Kevin Kolb at this time, but they picked EJ Manuel for a reason. That’s for the future. It’s good that we have two guys that can hopefully take over and lead this team back to the playoffs.”


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Jim Kelly taking “special medicine”

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 10:36 am

Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly appeared on NFL AM on NFL Network this morning and provided an update on his recent bout with cancer and his 26th annual football camp.

Kelly said he’s taking medication where his stitches are located from his June 7th surgery to remove half of his upper jaw that was stricken with cancer.

“The pain is still there,” said Kelly. “I’m taking special medicine for my upper jaw where all the stitches are still in and watching my diet and the things I’m eating and drinking.”

Kelly detailed how the antibiotics he was taking for what was initially presumed to be an infection did not work.

“I knew something was different with the pain I was having in my jaw,” said Kelly. “I went through six antibiotics before I knew I had cancer. But I’ve been very blessed. Now no cancer and have a CT scan every two months to check on it and pray that it doesn’t come back.”

 


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Diet restrictions leave Kelly lighter

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2013 – 11:19 am

One of the minor benefits from Jim Kelly’s cancer surgery is a stringent list of restrictions with respect to diet. After announcing Monday that he was cancer free, Kelly explained that by having most of his teeth removed, the Hall of Fame quarterback’s diet has been severely limited. That’s led to a loss of weight, which Kelly was happy about knowing he had to drop some weight anyway.

“I’ve lost 14 pounds, which is good,” Kelly said. “I need to lose about 10 or 15 more. I cannot eat any solid foods like steaks or chicken or anything hard that I have to bite on because I did have most of my teeth removed in the front and in the back. So it’s
mostly soft foods. No nuts or anything hard that I have to chew on a lot. But it doesn’t bother me because I need to lose weight. I can think of other ways to lose that’s better than this, but I feel pretty good.”

Kelly called the soreness from surgery, which he’s still experiencing now as constant and worse than anything he endured as a football player or in his three most recent surgeries (back, neck, hernia). But he also understands it’s a part of the recovery process.


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Checkup schedule for Jim Kelly

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2013 – 11:14 am

Part of the recovery process from cancer surgery are frequent follow-ups to make sure the cancer has not returned. Here’s how Kelly’s schedule will proceed from here, after announcing Monday he was cancer free following his June 7th surgery.

“I have to go back every two months and have a CAT scan done to make sure nothing comes back,” he said. “Right now I feel pretty good. It’s very sore, but that’s just part of it.”

Kelly will also have blood work done at those checkups as the monitoring process will be frequent by the oncologists.


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Kelly glad to avoid chemotherapy

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2013 – 10:12 am

Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly is one tough bird, but even he was hoping to avoid chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in his jaw.

The 53-year old Kelly said he was hoping to avoid chemotherapy at the time he announced he had cancer back on June 3rd. So to find out last week that he’d be able to do so was big for him.

“Big time relief. Trust me, prayers definitely have a big part in it, not just from my family, but all across the country. I’ve received so many letters and emails from people that have had similar circumstances as I did and some of them were not very good and some of them were very good. You’re encouraged on one hand and discouraged on the other. To find out where they’ve been and the prognosis of where I’m going I’m very excited. I’m happy.”

Kelly announced Monday that he was cancer free following surgery as he opened his annual football camp at One Bills Drive. And that means he’ll be able to avoid chemotherapy, something he was hoping for all along.


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Jim Kelly is cancer free

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2013 – 10:08 am

Good news as Jim Kelly kicked off his annual football camp at One Bills Drive. The Hall of Fame quarterback is cancer free following surgery June 7th to remove part of his jaw bone that contained the cancer.

“It’s a long process, but I found out great news on Wednesday,” Kelly said. “I don’t have to go through radiation treatment and chemo, which is a blessing. From what I’ve been told everything that they did in surgery that if I had to do radiation or chemo it would put me way back.”

With the doctors at ECMC getting all the cancer removed during surgery Kelly will not need to undergo any radiation treatment at this time. He’ll continue to get checkups periodically as a precaution.

Kelly announced that he had cancer back on June 3rd.


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Jim Kelly Camp scholarship winners

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 20, 2013 – 4:08 pm

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Congratulations to the following recipients of a Jim Kelly Camp scholarship.

Grayson Z. from Ontario, NY
Cody G. from Andover, NY
Drew L. from Rome, NY
Sam C. from Raleigh, NC
Brett P. from Falconer, NY
Alexander F. from Alden, NY
Nicholas K. from Alden, NY
Michael S. from East Aurora, NY
Austin L. from Buffalo, NY
Hunter D. from Cheektowaga, NY

The 26th annual camp is June 23rd through June 27th at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Participants must be between the ages of 8 – 18.  This non-contact camp has staff of carefully-assembled instructors and current Bills players.

Limited spots are still available. For more information or to register your child, click here.


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Jim Kelly resting comfortably post surgery

Posted by Chris Brown on June 7, 2013 – 12:20 pm

Good news out of ECMC today (Friday) as the hospital in a statement said Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly had successful surgery and is resting comfortably.

Here’s the statement from ECMC, which also stated that they anticipate a “speedy recovery.” Certainly good news for the Hall of Famer.


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Polian’s outlook for 2013 Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on June 4, 2013 – 10:56 am

Bills former GM and current ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian was asked for his outlook on the 2013 Bills lead by new head coach Doug Marrone. Here was his synopsis, which included a reference to top draft choice EJ Manuel.

“I’ve said numerous times before that Doug Marrone is a great coach. I think he proved that at Syracuse,” Polian said. “I know he’s got a plan for how to proceed. I know he’ll get the players attention and respect. I’m sure he’s got that already. He’s decisive, he’s tough, he’s hard-nosed. He knows how to play. He’s got a great track record not only in college football, but in the NFL. The truth is we both went to the same high school so I’m not neutral  when it comes to him. I’m proud of what he’s achieved.

“That is the first step in the right direction. They’ve got a coach who knows how to win and plans to win. The rest of it now is putting the pieces in place. They’ve got to get better play from the quarterback position. That’s no secret. Buddy (Nix) said that quite clearly. But in the young man that they have he’s got a world of talent, perhaps the most since they drafted Jim (Kelly). I don’t want for one minute to compare him to Jim, that’s not fair to him. The fact is that he’s got some growing to do and I think he’ll go through some growing pains so fans need to be patient with that. But I do think that the future is bright and some good pieces are in place.”


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Marrone comments on Kelly diagnosis

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2013 – 4:57 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone did speak with Jim Kelly at his golf tournament gala Sunday night and was made aware of his condition. He commented on Kelly’s situation while making his first visit to the St. John Fisher campus in Pittsford in preparation for training camp.

“Cancer in whatever form it may be really affects all of us in some way,” said Marrone. “We can all reach out and we can all feel it. I saw Jim Sunday night and he was in good spirits and the people around him were very supportive. I think for myself and the organization obviously our prayers go out to Jim and his family and everyone who is touched by this disease.

“It’s tough. I just went through it, my wife and family with someone, a young girl. To hear it happen to Jim, it just makes you think and makes you realize. You just do the best you can with your prayers and wish his family the best and for a speedy recovery.”


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Kelly discussing cancer fundraising

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2013 – 4:48 pm

It’s only been a couple of weeks that Jim Kelly and his family has known definitively that he has cancer, but in making his diagnosis public Monday, Kelly is already considering a fundraising effort to fight the disease.

Already a champion for a countless number of children’s causes including his own Hunter’s Hope Foundation named after his late son, Kelly sounds prepared to explore organizing fundraising efforts for cancer awareness, prevention and most importantly a cure.

“We have done so many things to make a difference for so many people, whether it’s kids… I know I’ve already talked to (Bills VP of Communications) Scott (Berchtold) to see if we can set something up to help kids with cancer,” said Kelly. “I know with my son’s foundation I’ve got my hands full with what we’re doing there, but if what’s happened to me can help other kids down the road can bring more awareness to certain types of cancer then we’ll do that. Everybody understands that that’s something the whole country and around the world is trying to kick and that’s cancer.”

“I would say we’ll have maybe two benefits. One for the Kelly for Kids of Western New York and maybe have to come back twice a year, one for a golf tournament for the Cancer Society or whatever he chooses,” said Phil Hansen.


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Berman believes in Kelly’s toughness

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2013 – 4:42 pm

Just about anyone that watched Jim Kelly play or knew him off the field was aware of his individual toughness. It’s that toughness that ESPN football anchor Chris Berman believes will carry him through his battle with cancer.

“Jim is one of the toughest hombres that we’ve ever met,” said Berman in attendance at Kelly’s annual golf tournament in Batavia. “Once again he’s being asked to be really tough. He’s got a lot of support from a lot of friends and people that love him. He called me last week and said he had some news and he shared it. So I felt kind of odd coming up to the golf tournament. I said I could just come up and spend some time with you. He said, ‘Are you kidding this is going to be the best golf tournament we’ve had.’ That’s Jim Kelly.”

Berman talked to Kelly about his upcoming surgery.

“I guess surgery is on Friday and he’s hopeful that they’ll get what they need to get,” said Berman. “And he’s got a whole community of Western New York and far beyond that will be not only rooting for him, but hugging him in the right way.”

Knowing that Kelly has had back surgery, double hernia surgery and neck surgery in the last three years and the Kelly family of course lost Hunter in 2005 to Krabbe leukodystrophy has Berman feeling that the Kelly family doesn’t deserve this too.

“The list is long of things and he and his family have had to face,” he said. “I don’t know that it’s very fair, but unfortunately life is not as we all know.”

In a way Berman thought it was positive that Kelly had his former teammates and friends with him at his annual golf tournament when he announced that he had cancer.

“I think he gave some thought a couple of weeks ago that maybe with everybody around it’ll be like a group… it’ll be like being in a huddle with his teammates,” said Berman. “With 300 people here and everybody else, I think he wants it out so there’s no question. He doesn’t want it out there for sympathy. He wants it out there for support. He wants it out there so that there’s… so that they’re only moving forward. There’s no speculation. Even he can use a helping hand and there are a lot of them today.”


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Jim Kelly’s form of cancer explained

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2013 – 2:01 pm

For those fans wondering just what type of bone cancer Jim Kelly has been diagnosed with here is a helpful explanation.

Kelly’s cancer is a squamous cell cancer with metastatic disease to the jaw bone.

So essentially it is not a skin or bone cancer, but rather a metastatic form of cancer in his jaw. Here’s more on head and neck cancers.


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Tasker’s suggestion for fans of Jim Kelly

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2013 – 1:32 pm

Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker’s family is very close to that of Jim Kelly. So the former special teams ace knew about Kelly’s cancer diagnosis about a week and a half ago. Knowing how much Kelly is revered in Western New York he fully expects an outpouring of support for the Hall of Fame quarterback. Tasker also had a suggestion for what fans can do to support Kelly.

“If they can help one thing they can do is pray for him and realize that first and foremost it’s not just this iconic figure in Buffalo,” Tasker said. “He’s a friend and a guy we know and love. He’s part of our family and that’s how we should treat him – everybody, and I’m sure we will.”


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Jim Kelly’s thoughts on Bills QB situation

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 14, 2013 – 6:14 pm

Sixteen years after Jim Kelly called it a career, he still follows the Buffalo Bills and their quest to replace him as a franchise quarterback.  And Kelly knows what he’d be looking for, if he was looking for the team’s next QB.

The Hall of Fame QB appeared on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night.  And Kelly said arm strength is near the top of his list of qualities the next Bills QB needs.

“You need a quarterback who can play in this weather, with a strong arm,” Kelly said.  “And yhou have to be able to think on your feet.  It doesn’t have to be a Colin Kaepernick.  It doesn’t have to be a guy that gives you rushing yards every week.  That would be nice, but those careers are usually short lived.  I’d like to have a quarterback who, when he drops back in the pocket,  his offensive linemen know exactly where he’s going to be and when he steps up, they know his depth.”

Kelly said he has not studied the draft eligible QBs available to the Bills this spring.  But he does not think any of the prospects merit the 8th overall pick the Bills have in the first round.

“I don’t think it will be eighth pick overall,” he said.  “Even though I have not studied all the quarterbacks out there, I don’t think there’s one worthy of the eighth overall pick.  We have so many other needs.    Right now, some of the quarterbacks they might like, I think they might be able to get early in the second or third rounds.”

The entire interview with Jim Kelly is available at buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow


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Jim Kelly-why NFL scouts miss on QBs

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 13, 2013 – 8:30 pm

The Buffalo Bills are in the market for a quarterback, that much is clear. And thirty years after the Bills hit on a franchise quarterback in the first round, that player has some thoughts on drafting QBs.

Hall of Famer Jim Kelly was a guest on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, to promote the 15th Annual Hunter’s Day of Hope and Prayer for Children. The event is coming up this Saturday at the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse.

But Kelly also talked about the inexact science of drafting quarterbacks. Host John Murphy asked Kelly why it is that NFL scouts sometimes miss on blue chip QB prospects in the draft.

“It’s a knack to go out there and see a guy—how he drops back, how he’s going to throw a 20-yard comeback. See what type of person he is,” Kelly said. “You’re going to miss on some, you can’t get every single draft pick to fit your system. That’s what you’ve got to look at—will this guy fit our system, the one we have in place right now.”

“If you’re picking a quarterback who’s coming from a system that’s nothing like the one you have, than maybe you’re going to miss the boat,” he continued. “You might say, ‘Can I change him,’ or, ‘Do I want to change him?’ That’s what you’re going to have to look at.”

Kelly said when the Bills drafted him in the right round in 1983, he was not a finished product, like many of the prospects in this year’s draft. And when he finally came to Buffalo in 1986, he still had some parts of his game that needed work.

“One of the things I continued to work on, was my foot speed,” Kelly said. “Not so much foot speed as running, but foot speed as far as quickness. Being able to know when I had to slide to the left, slide to the right, step up in the pocket. Those are some of the things I looked at. And for me, it was just to learn a new system. I was very blessed that I had pretty much the same offense throughout my career, with some minor changes. I was able to have the same system and grow under that.”

Kelly and his wife, Jill, will host the Hunter’s Day of Hope and Prayer for Children this Saturday, February 16th. The free event runs from 1pm-4pm at the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse. The event includes games, entertainment, food and activities for families.

The entire interview with Jim Kelly is accessible at buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow.


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