Jim Kelly gives inspiring speech while accepting the Jimmy V Award (vid)
Jim Kelly on Wednesday night was presented with the the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYS. And the Buffalo Bills icon and Hall of Famer who is dealing with the aftermath of a recurrence of oral cancer gave an emotional and uplifting speech while accepting the award.
Kelly’s presented with the award by ESPN’s Chris Berman along with fellow 1983 first-round draftees John Elway and Dan Marino.
Kelly was joined on the stage by his daughters, Erin and Camryn, both of whom he thanked for their loving support and encouragement. Kelly went on to preach a positive mindset when dealing with people in need.
Jim Kelly focused on one message when he accepted his Jimmy V Award. pic.twitter.com/HGYgIN4iln
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“Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow,” Kelly said, via ESPN. “When I look across this arena, and when I talk to people, you don’t need to be a Russell Wilson or an Aaron Rodgers to make a difference out there. Every single person in this room can be a difference maker. You can be a normal person that gets up every morning and goes to work. But you can be a difference maker, putting smiles on those faces.
“My kids, my friends when they came in to see me, not once did they ever have a frown on their face. So I just urge everybody out there, if have somebody out there who is suffering – it doesn’t have to be cancer — it could be somebody not having a good day. It could be your mom or your dad. It could be your grandparents. What you say to them, the smile that you have on their face, that could be the difference in them making it to the next day. Remember that. Always, always, persevere. Like Jimmy V said, never, ever give up.”
Kelly revealed this past March that his oral cancer had returned after being declared cancer-free in 2014 following a 2013 diagnosis. He revealed this week that a checkup has been scheduled for next month in New York City after “something came up” following a second surgery last month that followed a first procedure in March.