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Jim Kelly reflects on his cancer battle; future of Buffalo Bills

by jmaloni


Thu, May 15th 2014 03:45 pm

As Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly returned home to continue his battle with mouth cancer, he took time Wednesday to meet with WBBZ-TV Vice President and General Manager Bob Koshinski for a television interview to update everyone in Western New York and across #BillsNation on his health, family and involvement with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the sale of the Buffalo Bills.

Click here to watch highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCiFdXMRisY&list=UUQxoLtAiSH2xEHJJojH1Dsw

A portion of the interview will air on "The Bucky and Sully Show" Friday night at 6:30 p.m. (with an encore presentation Sunday at 11:30 a.m.). More will follow Monday night live at 6:30 p.m.

During the one-on-one interview, Kelly talked with Koshinski about the pain he has endured in this second battle with cancer, saying, "I've been better." However, he passionately declared, "I will beat this."

When talking about the support of his wife, Jill, and their family, Kelly emotionally paused for a moment. He reflected on the immense faith his family has, and thanked the community for its outpouring of support and #PrayersForJK.

On the sale of the Buffalo Bills, Kelly respectfully acknowledged the passing of owner Ralph Wilson stating, "Now the time is right for the fans." Kelly has been working for several years behind the scenes to assemble an ownership group that would keep the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo. He said his conversations with Goodell indicate the commissioner wants to keep the team in Western New York. 

Koshinski has had a long professional relationship with Kelly, going back to 1986 when he covered the QB's arrival in Western New York for WKBW-TV. That relationship continued when Koshinski co-hosted "The Jim Kelly Show" on Channel 7, covering the team during the Super Bowl years.

When Koshinski became vice president and general manager of the Empire Sports Network, their connection became much more personal when Kelly joined him to help create the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund in memory of the late pro wrestler, restaurant owner and community leader. Koshinski reflects on their 28 years together on his website, www.allsportswny.com.

WBBZ is seen throughout Western New York. For more information, call 716-630-9229 or visit www.wbbz.tv "Like" WBBZ-TV on Facebook. Follow the conversation @WBBZ on Twitter.

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