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Even next to other legends, Jim Kelly standing alone at Hall of Fame weekend

CANTON, Ohio -- Two men were selected to be honorary captains for Sunday night's Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.

The cheers will be directed to only one of them.

And that's OK with the other guy.

Jim Kelly and Harry Carson were chosen to represent the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants for the ceremony. Carson already is planning to shrink and let Kelly bask in the warmth.

"We're going to be the guys out there for the coin toss, but I'm going to take a step back," Carson said. "It really should be about him. He should be spotlighted.

"Everybody's going to be cheering for him. Jim has given so much of himself to the community for the cause of his son. He's one of those good guys, and you can't help but admire a good guy."

Kelly is two weeks away from learning how well radiation and chemotherapy treatments impacted the cancerous tumors in his head. He will undergo a scan at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.

He has been a force of energy at Hall of Fame festivities here. His top receiver, Andre Reed, is being inducted tonight in Fawcett Stadium.

Kelly on Friday attended the Ray Nitschke Luncheon, zipped up to Cleveland with Thurman Thomas to sign autographs at a memorabilia show and was at the Canton Memorial Civic Center when Reed got his gold jacket.

Kelly's brother, Dan, rolled his eyes in the hotel lobby this afternoon. The legendary quarterback kept shaking hands, giving interviews, signing autographs and hugging fellow Hall of Famers.

Jim Kelly still is eating through a tube into his stomach. Dan Kelly wanted him to get some food and rest before Reed's induction.

"It would be startling if he wasn't here," said Carson, who played linebacker for the Giants from 1976 through 1988. "Every guy in that room knows about perseverance. There are just things these guys are made of to get them here.

"Jim knows about perseverance, and he's going to persevere. We're all supporting him and showing him love. We're very optimistic."

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