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Jim Kelly feeling good as his 31st golf tournament tees off

BATAVIA – The scene at Terry Hills Golf Course was familiar Monday morning.

Buffalo Bills legends and friends of Jim Kelly arrived by limo bus for the Hall of Fame quarterbacks' 31st annual celebrity golf tournament. Kelly, dressed in his best golf knickers, welcomed the likes of former teammates Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Steve Tasker, Fred Smerlas, Cornelius Bennett and Darryl Talley along with ESPN's Chris Berman and actor Christopher McDonald, among many others.

After the carts dispersed to the course, Kelly addressed the assembled media, saying he continues to feel good after two battles with cancer.

"I fly to New York City every three months still. I'll do that for the rest of my life, so hopefully I'll be doing it for like 20 years," he said. "But yeah, I feel pretty good. I mean, I'm always going to have pain. That's part of my life. You talk to any professional athlete that's been in my position, you're going to have pain whether it's in your back, neck, head, and in my case it's in my mouth."

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Kelly has become an inspiration for others going through the same fight he has.

"I travel now, thank God. I speak more than I ever have by far, but when you go places, you see people that have the same cancer you have had," he said. "You see other people struggling and realize you don't have it that bad. I'm blessed that I'm able to go out and hopefully make a difference for others. I do understand that some people have that attitude that they're done, no more, but if I can change their mind and give their family a little more hope, than that's what I'm going to do."

Kelly ended his press conference talking about why he's chosen to make Western New York his permanent home.

"I have so many reasons. No. 1, my family is here. My son's here. My son's laid to rest here," he said. "One of the top (reasons) is the people, how they embraced our team, even though we didn't win a Super Bowl, how they embraced us each and every year.

"You're always going to have the naysayers. I mean, that's everywhere. But the majority of people here are unbelievable. From not only my playing days, but after I retired, my son, and going through that and how many people rallied around us then. And then of course my battle with cancer. It's awesome. I wouldn't want to be anyplace but right here."

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