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Jim Kelly’s journey back is going well

Jim Kelly is starting to get back into his normal routine. This week he’s been able to play with the kids at his annual football camp, running and throwing the football around.

His journey back from cancer is going well. At his worst points, he prayed he would be able to feel the way he does now.

“I feel awesome,” Kelly said. “I’m at playing weight. I’m at 230, which is cool. I gained a little over 30 pounds back, which is good. I got the green light to work out now, which is good. I just started back. Hopefully I’ll get a bit stronger.”

“I’ve been through so much. I just live each day, and whatever happens, happens. I’ve lived a very good life. My life has definitely changed, but the attitude is still the same.”

Kelly has been able to throw with the bantams Monday and juniors Tuesday. He’s trying to get more comfortable every day to work his way up the camp ranks.

“The more I get loose, the more I’ll start going up, maybe with the seniors,” Kelly said. “I will do it with the seniors because they’re already talking their crap. I’ll have to go out and show them what an old man can do.”

Kelly also discussed the passing of legendary coach Buddy Ryan, who he just met at last year’s camp. He said Ryan looked like he was in pain when he visited.

“That day we prayed for him,” Kelly said. “I guess there comes a time in everyone’s life where The Good Lord decides it’s your time. Buddy was a great coach, there’s no doubt about that. Now it’s reflecting onto Rob and Rex. Hopefully before he left this world, he rubbed off a lot on his sons.”

Kelly faced Ryan defenses when Ryan coached the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Oilers in the early 90’s. “When you play a Buddy Ryan defense, you knew you were in for a battle,” Kelly said. “He proved it when he went to the Super Bowl and won the Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears. He was a great coach.”

Kelly didn’t want to discuss his comments about Rex Ryan on the Jim Rome Show on June 9, when he said “I think Rex will probably be looking for another job” if the Bills miss the playoffs. Kelly said the situation is behind him.

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