(Meredith) – Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is once again cancer-free, his wife announced on Instagram Friday.
Kelly, 58, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his jaw in 2013. Despite surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, the oral cancer returned twice -- most recently in March of 2018.
Doctors at Erie County Medical Center removed part of Kelly's upper jaw, part of the roof of his mouth and multiple teeth during a complicated 12-hour procedure last year, The Buffalo News reported.
After a series of highs and lows, his family received some good news on Friday.
"We finally got back the results from Jim’s recent MRI...CLEAN!" Kelly's wife Jill, wrote on Instagram. "Thank GOD!"
Amid his battle with cancer, Kelly received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2018 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. He encouraged everyone to "make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow," during his powerful acceptance speech.
The legendary quarterback played for the Buffalo Bills from 1986 to 1996, and led the team to four AFC Championships. He was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.