Jim Kelly (left) and Deion Sanders at the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund gala last month. (Brad Barket / Getty Images)

Jim Kelly, the Buffalo Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback, announced today that he will undergo surgery this week for cancer in his upper jaw bone.

“This past couple of weeks has been difficult for me and because of the nature of social media I thought it would be best to share with everyone what has been going on with my health,” Kelly said in a statement released by the Bills. “I was recently diagnosed with squamous-cell carcinoma of the upper jaw bone. I have undergone tests which have shown that the cancer is isolated to my upper jaw and has not spread to other parts of my body. Surgery is scheduled for June 7th and doctors have told me that the prognosis for my recovery is very good.

“With the excellent medical care that I will be receiving and the loving care of my wife Jill and my daughters Erin and Camryn and the support of my entire family and friends, I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kellys always do, with toughness, perseverance and faith.

“I want to thank everyone who has offered their prayers and would appreciate any prayers said for me and my family moving forward. May God continue to bless you and our family.”

Recently, there have been concerns about Kelly, 53. He disclosed his health problems in an interview with the Springfield, Ill., State Journal.

“I’ve had four major surgeries in the last two years,” Kelly told the paper in March. “Major back surgery, plates and screws in my back two years ago. Five months after that double-hernia surgery. Then I had major neck surgery where they had to replace three disks in my neck and put a plate and six screws in my neck.

“And then a week and a half ago they found a major cyst from my gums to my nasal cavity and they had to cut that out — the size of a nickel — and they had to pull out all of my front teeth.”

 

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