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Jim Kelly continues to inspire at youth camp in Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. - Jim Kelly's doctors tell him he needs to slow down. But Tuesday was not that day.

"Im not gonna let these kids down," Kelly said. "I was a kid once, and I know what it was like to look forward to doing something, look forward to meeting someone, and look forward to making a difference."

Kelly was making a difference by more than just being on hand at his camp in Rochester today, but by being hands on talking, teaching, and even throwing.

"Im not a very patient person," Kelly explained. "As we know with the no-huddle offense, and I ran a very fast pace, thats what I want with my recovery, I got a lot of things to do. The good lord decided you gotta slow down a bit, I can always remember my mother saying you gotta slow down, thats just not my demeanor."

But as positive as Kelly is and continues to be, he's also a realist.

"Im not scared. Ive never been scared of dying. Im 54 years old, Ive been through so many things in my life, Ive done so many things, Ive set goals, Ive achieved goals, Ive had a blast. If its my turn, the good lord decides that 55 is my age, so what. Ill be going to see my son a little earlier than I thought I was going to, but the key to me is I know I have a lot more to do, a lot more lives to change, and a lot of people out there are gonna change my life."

So Jim continues to be tough, Kelly tough, not just for himself and his family, but for the kids everywhere who look up to him.

I wanna make a difference in these kids' lives," Kelly said. "Not only on the field, but from what Im gonna tell them later on about the choices they make as young adults that can impact what theyd become. Whether its one out of 100, or five out of 100, but I love doing it.

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