By Mark Gaughan
BATAVIA -- Legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly met with reporters this morning to elaborate on this morning's announcement he has cancer in his upper jaw.
"When you hear the word cancer, it scares the crap out of you," Kelly said at Terry Hills Golf Course, where he's hosting his annual charity golf tournament. "It not only scared me, but it scared my family.
"But it's just another river to cross, another stumbling block."
Kelly said he and his family are approaching his diagnosis and Friday's surgery with the same mentality that garnered him the reputation for being among the toughest quarterbacks in NFL history.
"I've been to the top many, many times, and I've been to the bottom," Kelly said, "and it's one of those rollercoaster rides I've been on throughout my life, and it's just another challenge for me.
"I know I'll beat it."
Kelly's confidence is buoyed by the belief doctors found the cancer early enough. Kelly announced in a statement this morning his cancer has not spread.
"When I talked to the surgeon and when they went over the CT scan they knew I caught it early enough," Kelly said. "But just like with anything you have to wait a number of months after the surgery to make sure nothing comes back.
"So I'm very confident. My faith is there, and that's probably more than anything what's kept me going."