Watch Jim Kelly’s Emotional, Inspirational ESPY’s Speech
Jim Kelly made a lot of people cry last night. He inspired many more.
The former Buffalo Bills quarterback was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the annual ESPY Awards last evening. The Pro Football Hall of Famer's speech was slurry and fragmented due to his recurring cancer battles and the subsequent treatments. He's slated to have permanent dentures installed in the near future and previously had a portion of his jaw removed.
''Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for tomorrow'', Kelly said, while also pledging to never give up, just as we were all urged to do by the award's namesake, Jim Valvano, in 1993.
The 58-year-old also talked about the impact that a smile can have on someone else's day, or their outlook, sharing stories about how much it has meant to see his daughters smiling during his calamitous bouts with cancer.
"My kids, my friends when they came in to see me, not once did they ever have a frown on their face. So I just urge everybody out there, if you have somebody out there who is suffering, it doesn't have to be cancer, it could be somebody not having a good day. It could be your mom or your dad, it could be your grandparents. What you say to them, the smile that you have on your face - that could be the difference in them making it to the next day. Remember that. Always, always persevere. Like Jimmy V said, never, ever give up'', Kelly said
Just this week it was reported that Kelly is preparing for an unexpected visit to his doctors in New York City after ''something came up'', Fox News reported.