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Jim Kelly Announces His Cancer Has Returned

A Buffalo Bills helmet sitting on a bench.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: A Buffalo Bills helmet sits on the bench before the game against the New York Jets at New Era Field on September 15, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Jim Kelly announced some tough news this morning. The Hall of Fame quarterback's cancer has returned.

The 58-year-old quarterback first had oral cancer back in 2013. It returned in 2014.

Now, it's back again. Kelly says he is "shocked, heartbroken, sad, angry, confused, and just darn tired."

The former Buffalo Bills quarterback announced the news on Instagram.

"The cancer is back.
We are shocked, heartbroken, sad, angry, confused, and just darn tired. Yet, despite how we feel, we KNOW that God is a promise maker and keeper.
He is who He says He is!
He can do what He says He can do!
We don’t have to understand His ways to trust His heart.
The battle is HIS. (Exodus 14:14)

We need you...
In addition to our faith, family, and friends...we really need you and your prayer warrior friends to pray. We’re all in this together. THANK YOU!

The more life and heartbreak I experience, the more I realize that this is not the end of the story.
Life is temporary. And short.
Because we know that our eternity is secure in Christ, we can trust God with every breath upon this earth."

Kelly also put out the following statement:

“As our family has faced many trials and triumphs throughout the years, you have blessed us with your prayers. We are asking for those prayers once again,” Kelly said. “The oral cancer we hoped would be gone forever has returned. Although I was shocked and deeply saddened to receive this news, I know God is with me. I continuously talk with the four F’s: Faith, Family, Friends and Fans. With all of you by my side, we will fight and win this battle together. Staying ‘Kelly Tough’ and trusting God will carry us through this difficult time.”

Kelly spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Buffalo Bills. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.