BUFFALO, N.Y. - Pittsburgh native and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to undergo surgery following the return of oral cancer. His wife, Jill, says the cancer is aggressive and starting to spread.
The 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star is being treated in New York City. His brother, Dan Kelly, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that doctors are leaning toward surgery on Thursday or perhaps April 1.
Jim Kelly's Buffalo doctors said March 14 the return of the cancer was discovered when he came for follow-up tests after surgery to remove cancerous cells last year.
Dan Kelly said his brother is humbled by an outpouring of prayers posted on social media. Jim Kelly's wife, Jill Kelly, has been providing updates on Twitter and her blog.
Jim Kelly, who is from East Brady, Pa., spent 11 seasons with the Bills before retiring following the 1996 season. He has since made Buffalo his home.
His son, Hunter, was born with Krabbe disease, an inherited nervous system disorder. Given little more than three years to live, Hunter died at the age of 8 in 2005.