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Jim Kelly: “I feel pretty good”

Amherst, N.Y. - For the first time since receiving treatment for his recurrence of sinus cancer the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly spoke to the media saying he's feeling pretty good, but he's still got a ways to go.

We caught up with Jim Kelly at his annual Jim Kelly Football Camp in Amherst, N.Y. This years camp has about 340 - 8 to 18 year-olds playing football and learning what it means to be Kelly tough until Sunday. Kelly said it was great to get out and play football with the boys.

It's nice when you can just run around and be yourself, I'm not saying I'm running around but I'm moving as quickly as I can, said Kelly. And if you've seen me move in the past I never really was that quick but in due time that will all come back.

Kelly has lost most of his hair, 51-pounds, his saliva and sense of taste because of treatment. He just started eating solid foods last week, only scrambled eggs for now, most of his nutrition comes through a feeding tube. But his spirit is far from broken.

I wouldn't be where I'm at if it wasn't for, number one my faith, but number two is the support I've gotten from thousands, he said. And he's given as much as he's received. When I'm in the hospital and I see the people that don't have anybody going into their room try to stop in and make sure to brighten their day just by paying a visit.

Kelly will have to wait for August to find out if the chemo therapy and radiation worked but he did have some good news, after a recent trip to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, T.X. doctors said the cancer hasn't spread anywhere else.

I'm not scared to die, Kelly exclaimed. I know I've done everything I can possible do, I'm 54 years old I've done more than most people have done by the age of 80 years old. I've fulfilled so many dreams, I have a beautiful family. But again, I have still have a lot more things to accomplish.

Kellys next big test will come in the second or third week of August when he will go for his first MRI after treatment to find out if it was successful.

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