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BATAVIA, N.Y. -- Jim Kelly intends to deal with the cancer found in his upper jaw bone much like the Hall of Fame quarterback has approached many of the challenges in his life. "You have to confront them head on. And this is just another one," Kelly said Monday after revealing hes been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Kelly drew upon his family, faith and perseverance when facing major hurdles. Kelly leaned on those strengths to help overcome the death of his son, Hunter, and of his mother, and whatever obstacles stood in his way on the football field. "Im down at the bottom. But I will rise to the top again," Kelly said. "I am extremely confident in my road to recovery. I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kellys always do." Informed of the diagnosis two weeks ago, Kelly called the prognosis for recovery "very good." He said tests show the cancer is isolated to the jaw. Doctors plan to remove part of Kellys jaw during an operation at a Buffalo hospital on Friday. It wont be determined until after surgery whether he will require chemotherapy "We caught it in time," the 53-year-old Kelly said. "Its just another challenge for me and I know Ill beat it." The announcement was made shortly before the start of the former quarterbacks 27th annual Kelly for Kids charitable foundations celebrity golf tournament. The news of Kellys condition immediately drew support from those attending the tournament. "The first thought is you say a prayer that everything works out OK," said Bill Polian, former general manager of the Bills, Panthers and Colts. "Secondly, he didnt earn a reputation as the toughest guy ever to play quarterback for no reason at all. So if anybody can overcome this, Jim can. He takes challenges head on." Receiver Andre Reed, Kellys favourite target, called the quarterback a "tough dude." "Jims a fighter. We think hell be OK. Were all in his corner," Reed said. "Hes such a resilient guy, and thats been our motto forever, in whatever we did. "Hes got the support, and Jim will be OK." Kelly spent 11 seasons with the Bills before retiring following the 1996 campaign, and has since made Buffalo his home. Known for his fearless, swashbuckling style, Kelly was the face of Bills teams that made four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, only to lose them all. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Kelly still holds nearly every significant career franchise passing record: 35,467 yards, 237 touchdowns and 26 300-yard games. News of Kellys condition also attracted many well-wishers from around the world on social media. The term, "PrayersForJK," became popular on Twitter. "I LOVE JIM KELLY," Kellys teammate and Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas posted on his Twitter account. The diagnosis stems from pain Kelly began experiencing in his jaw in December. He initially thought it was an infection, but grew concerned when antibiotics failed to help. Tests eventually led to doctors removing a nickel-sized cyst from his gums and nasal cavity during an operation in early March. Follow-up tests revealed the cancer. "When you hear the word cancer, it automatically scares you," he said. "But Im very confident. My faith is definitely there. And that probably, more than anything, has kept me going, and the support Ive gotten from my family." Concerns about Kellys health were first raised last week when his wife, Jill Kelly, posted a message published on Without going into detail, she noted that the family was going through a "more serious battle under our roof," and asked followers to pray for her husband "for healing." Later, a youth sports foundation in Sioux Falls, S.D., announced that the Hall of Famer would not be able to attend the Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends banquet on June 13 for personal reasons. This is but the latest operation Kelly will have had over the past few years. Hes also had surgery to correct back, neck and hernia problems. Kelly has remained active despite the diagnosis. On May 26, he joined country music artist Tim McGraw on stage and threw footballs into the crowd during a concert outside Buffalo. A week earlier, he attended The Preakness in Baltimore. And then there was Kelly playing host to the many weekend festivities involving his charitable foundation. Kelly was upbeat in addressing reporters Sunday, while attending the foundations annual gala and auction. He was just as engaging before the golf tournament in making sure to greet many of his guests. Taking the microphone to start the tournament, Kelly joked while reminding everyone to enjoy themselves, cautioning that mulligans were not allowed. "Jim cuts a wide swath," former teammate turned broadcaster Steve Tasker said. "He doesnt forget people. And for that, people love him. Thats why Buffalo loves him. Thats why I love him. "Hes a teammate in life." The Kelly for Kids Foundation was established in 1987, and has since donated millions of dollars to numerous organizations around the region. Kelly later founded the Hunters Hope Foundation in honour of his son, Hunter, who was born with Krabbe disease. Thats an inherited degenerative disorder of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The disease hinders development of the myelin sheath, a fatty covering that protects the brains nerve fibers. Given little more than three years to live, Hunter died at the age of 8 in 2005. Air Max Wholesale China Free Shipping . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. Air Max China Free Shipping . With his new coach and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker watching him during an official match for the first time, Djokovic appeared tentative early against the Slovakian player, who often appeared content to keep the ball in play. .C. -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA hes still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does. Wholesale Air Max Cheap . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. Cheap Air Max Shoes With Free Shipping . Those lessons were more than enough to overwhelm the Utah Jazz. Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 victory over the Jazz on Friday night, winning their third straight and for the fourth time in five games. California kicks off the 2016 college football season on Friday against Hawaii?in Australia (10 p.m. ET on ESPN). For everyone else, the season is at least six days away.As our countdown turns to six, we focus our attention on Cals rival,?Stanford, to salute?Christian McCaffrey?for his FBS-high six games with 300 or more all-purpose yards last season.McCaffrey totaled 300 or more yards against Oregon State (303), UCLA (369), Washington (300), Cal (389), USC (461) and Iowa (Rose Bowl-record 368). No other FBS player had more than two such games last season. McCaffrey finished 2015 with 3,864 all-purpose yards, which broke Barry Sanders FBS record for a single season set in 1988.McCaffrey was the only FBS player to lead his team in rushing and receiving yards last season. He placed second in Heisman voting and became the first non-Heisman winner to be named Associated Press Player of the Year since 2009.Stanford opens the season against Kansas State?on Friday, Sept. 2.In case you missed any part of our countdown:7 days: UNCs Ryan Switzer has seven career punt-return touchdowns8 days: Alabamas record eight wins vs. AP Top 25 teams last season9 days: Nick Saban is 9-0 against his former assistant coaches10 days: Temples 10 sacks in win over Penn State last season11 days: Navy won a school-record 11 games last season12 days: Alabama has won 12 straight games,, the longest active FBS streak.dddddddddddd13 days: Lucky number 13 for a trio of teams last season.14 days: Boise State has played in 14 straight bowl games.15 days: Kansas has lost 15 straight games, the longest active FBS streak.16 days: Peyton Manning wore No. 16 for Tennessee.17 days: TCU QBs completed 17 of 17 passes in a game in 2012, an FBS record.18 days: Ohio State has won an FBS-best 18 consecutive road games.19 days: There are 19 head coaches at their alma mater this season.20 days: It has been 20 years since Florida won its first national championship.21 days:?Oklahoma led the nation in average scoring margin (21.5) last season.22 days: Ohio State has been in the top 10 of the AP poll for 22 straight weeks.23 days:?Virginia Tech has played in an FBS-best 23 straight bowl games.24 days:?In the first game of the historic rivalry, Navy beat Army 24-0.25 days:?Michigans Desmond Howard won the Heisman 25 years ago.26 days:?Arkansas State led the nation with 26 interceptions in 2015.27 days: Clemsons Greg Huegel led the nation with 27 field goals in 2015.28 days: Adrian Peterson wore No. 28 for Oklahoma.29 days: Alabamas Bryant-Denny Stadium opened in 1929.30 days: Miamis Vinny Testaverde won the Heisman 30 years ago. 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