Nate Woelfel

Former Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly Diagnosed With Cancer

Jun 03, 2013 1:02 PM EST

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly announced Monday that he was recently diagnosed with cancer of the upper jaw.

In a statement published on the Buffalo Bills’ team website, Kelly stated that he had undergone tests that have shown that the cancer has not spread to other parts of his body.

Kelly, who spent all 11 of his seasons in the NFL with the Bills, went on to say that he is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday and his prognosis for 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,” Kelly said. “I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kelly’s always do, with toughness, perseverance and faith.”