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NBC, ESPN plan Sunday stories on Jim Kelly

By Alan Pergament

It is Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed's Hall of Fame weekend, but understandably the quarterback who threw him most of the passes  he caught in his 16-year National football League also will be getting a lot of television attention.

NBC confirmed today that Josh Elliott, who left ABC's "Good Morning America" in April to join NBC Sports, did an interview with Jim Kelly, who is battling cancer. It will air during halftime of the the Bills preseason game with the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.

ESPN also has been heavily promoting an extended feature on Kelly, showing emotional excerpts of interviews with the Hall of Fame quarterback, his wife Jill and daughter Erin. Called "Kelly Tough," the feature will air at 9 a.m. Sunday on "Outside the Lines" and be repeated starting with the 10 a.m. edition of SportsCenter.

The "OTL" piece will include interviews with former Bill Steve Tasker and Scott Berchtold, the Bills senior vice president of communications.

Here is ESPN's synopsis of the program:

Jim Kelly's life has been a series of the highest highs and the lowest lows. He enjoyed a Hall-of-Fame career and played in four consecutive Super Bowls, but he and his Buffalo Bills teammates lost all four. And now, Kelly is taking on cancer, diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Surgery chemotherapy, and radiation treatments have caused Kelly to lose weight, hair and part of his jaw which had to be surgically removed. He’s "not afraid to die" and continues to live his life by being what he calls, "Kelly Tough."

apergament@buffnews.com   

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