Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly, making his first major public appearance after finishing his chemo and radiation treatments, gave an inspirational talk to players before the start of Thursday's practice.
"Let's start playing games in January, and it all starts right here in minicamp," the Hall of Fame quarterback said, according to the Buffalo News.
Two weeks ago, Kelly finished a six-week course of chemotherapy and radiation treatments to treat the upper jaw and sinus cancer he is battling.
Kelly, 54, was joined by fellow Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas and his brother, Dan, on the visit to practice.
According to the newspaper, Kelly's voice was strong and he thanked players who had visited him and sent him well wishes while he was in the hospital.
"One thing you guys should know about Buffalo, N.Y., is that everybody comes together," Kelly said. "If somebody's struggling, there's always somebody to help pull together."
As Thomas looked on, Kelly used his lifelong friendship with the former running back as an example of being united as a team.
"Thurman Thomas, he's one of my brothers now," he said. "He always has been, but he came out to the hospital when I was there every week.
"This is what you need to put your arms around -- each other. Make this your team. Make it very special. Realize it's because when it's all over, the things you have are your memories. The people that you built that relationship with -- not just on the football field but away from the field.
By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: June 19, 2014 05:26:10 PM
Kelly gives inspirational talk to Bills players
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