NFL Legends and Players Join Together to Congratulate and Show Support for Jim Kelly

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Kelly delivers inspirational speech at Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation event, helping raise $110,000 for cancer research.

Jim Kelly is awarded the 2018 Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation honored Kelly in recognition of his continued strength and excellence both on and off the field.

NFL legends and players joined together in a video to congratulate Jim Kelly, an NFL Hall of Fame Inductee and two-time cancer survivor, on receiving the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence and encourage him as he starts his third battle with cancer.

Messages to remain ‘Kelly Tough’ came from Frank Reich, Lynn Dickey, Brett Farve, Dan Marino, JJ Watt, Carson Wentz, Mason Crosby, Chris Berman, Joe Montana, Morten Andersen and James Lofton.

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation honored Kelly in recognition of his continued strength and excellence both on and off the field. Kelly delivered an inspirational speech at the 28th annual Vince Lombardi Award Excellence Dinner Ball on March 3.

“My dad always emphasized toughness. He said we would all go through tough times in our lives, but it’s what you do about it that counts. It’s about your attitude,” said Kelly. “Throughout my life I’ve been through a lot, and it’s a journey of perseverance. My dad instilled in me as a young kid to keep fighting and never give up.”

At the event, the foundation raised more than $110,000 for its mission to advance cancer research and compassionate care nationwide.

About Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation
Established in 1971, the foundation embodies the spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence of Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi, who lost his own battle to cancer on September 3, 1970. In his honor, the foundation is committed to raising funds for advancements in cancer research and compassionate care. For more information about the foundation or to donate, sponsor an event or to buy tickets to an event, visit: lombardifoundation.org.

About Jim Kelly
Kelly was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft and played for the Buffalo Bills for eleven seasons. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his upper jaw in 2013. Despite successful surgery, it returned in March 2014. In August that year, doctors did not find any evidence of cancer. Last week Kelly announced the cancer has returned.

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