It’s fun to razz a fan of another team. Let’s face it rivalries are born out of a mix of hate, respect, and good old fashion fun. Yet when the game is over we are all normal in our lives. A picture posted by former Buffalo Bills HOF QB Jim Kelly’s wife, Jill brings that point home very clearly. Kelly is fighting cancer and has been now for some time.
While a member of the Bills, Kelly was as loathed by Miami fans as Tom Brady is today. It is because of Kelly and his team that Dan Marino didn’t play in another Super Bowl. The Bills under Kelly’s lead appeared in four Super Bowls and lost all of them. Those were games he wanted to win, this is the game we all hope he wins.
Kelly was visited this past Sunday by Dan Marino at the hospital. The two have been long time friends both growing in the Pittsburgh area, attending college in the area, getting drafted in round one. Bitter rivals on the field, true friends off of it. A video released by Jill Kelly shows the two hugging and yes you can hear the peck of a kiss on Jim’s cheek by Dan.
Kelly looks like any normal man or woman battling cancer. He has lost weight and his hair but those are trivial things in the fight against the disease. Kelly is battling cancer that is in his jaw. It’s the second time he has been diagnosed with it.
“It’s hard to even understand what he’s going through,” Marino said. “Jim is a dear friend. You just wish the best for him. He’s a tough guy, you know? He’s at a point in his life that — he’s won a lot of football games and whatever — he’s in the fight for his life. He’ll win.”
Hopefully, Jim Kelly will win this fight and when he does, we can all go back to reminding him of the big games he lost and he can remind us of the biggest one, he won.