Jim Kelly was in Scottsdale, Ariz. last week to receive a Legacy Recognition Award from the National Quarterback Club. Jalen Hurts, the Alabama quarterback who recently transferred to Oklahoma, was also being recognized.
When Hurts spoke, Kelly listened. Kelly was so struck by a Bible verse Hurts shared with the audience that he got out a pen and wrote it down so he wouldn't forget it.
It was from John 13, a chapter in which Jesus speaks to his disciples about setting an example for others to follow. Verse 7 says, "Jesus replied. 'You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.' "
"I said, 'This is exactly what I'm looking for.' I made sure that I put it down because it's definitely me. One hundred percent me," Kelly told The News at the Pro Bowl. "It's amazing, because there are times where I don't understand. I don't understand why I had to go through four Super Bowl losses. I didn't understand why I had a son born on my birthday that winds up being diagnosed with a fatal genetic disease. I don't know why I've had to go through two plates, 10 screws in my back, plate and six screws in my neck. And just within a year after that having cancer not once, not twice, but three times. And now I have to go back for another back surgery. Sometimes I wonder, 'Lord, what's your plan?'
"But as I keep my faith, I can understand that He’s doing it for a reason and that's that's why my family has chosen to make sure it’s public because my wife said, 'You need as many people praying for you as possible.' I get it now."
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