Jim Kelly Speaks About Cancer Battle

August 21, 2014 Updated Aug 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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Jim Kelly Speaks About Cancer Battle

August 21, 2014 Updated Aug 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - One day after tests show no signs of cancer in Jim Kelly, the Hall of Fame Quarterback is opening up about the news.

Kelly called into Mike & Mike and SportsCenter on Thursday morning.

"I'm not out of the woods yet, but it's a big step in the right direction," Kelly said.

The former quarterback said during tests, they were initially nervous. "If it got closer to my brain, they knew there was minimal they could do," Kelly explained.

However, instead Wednesday's tests showed no signs of cancer.

He still needs to return to New York City next week for a biopsy on an area that was inconclusive, but says he has a good feeling.

Kelly says even while remaining strong, the unknown can still be daunting.

"It makes you a little nervous because you're thinking okay, what am I going to do after, if it came back."

The cancer already did come back once. Kelly described excruciating headaches. He now has no taste buds, no saliva and cannot feel part of his face.
Yet, Kelly remains grateful.

"Where I needed the support, not only the people I know but the people that I've never met, that have talked to me, sat by my side, sent me cards," Kelly said. "It has helped me get to where I am today."

The optimism, hope and gratitude he shows -- all signs of Kelly Tough.