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Cancer-stricken Hall of Famer: 'Praying for a miracle'

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who left the hospital Friday for the weekend, said he and his family are "praying for a miracle" as he prepares to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments for oral cancer.

Kelly, who had been at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York since last month, attended Friday night's Knicks game at Madison Square Garden.

"I probably shouldn't even be here," Kelly, 54, told the MSG Network, but he said he wanted to surprise his daughter, Erin, for making the dean's list in her first semester at Liberty University.

The former Buffalo Bills and University of Miami standout will have three chemo­therapy sessions over a six-week period and will start daily radiation treatments. Both are aimed at shrinking numerous small tumors spreading through his head.

"My big battle is Monday when I go in to start my radiation and chemo," Kelly said. "I hope when it's all over they get everything, but right now we're praying for a miracle."

"Kelly's condition remains very treatable and potentially curable," Dr. Peter Costantino said in a statement issued Tuesday. "Even if chemotherapy and radiation are not successful in eradicating the cancer, his skull-base tumor remains operable."

Kelly said he appreciates the numerous well-wishes he has received: "Just keep praying for me. I am going to need them."

Broncos extend Fox's deal: The Broncos and coach John Fox agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension that essentially tears up the final year of his original deal — the 2014 season — and now runs through 2016. Financial terms were not announced, but reported Saturday that the extension was worth $16.5 million. "While our team has made progress each year under Coach Fox, we both understand that there is still work to be done for us to reach our ultimate goal," John Elway, executive vice president of football operations, said in a statement. Fox, 59, signed a four-year deal worth an average of approximately $3 million a year when the Broncos hired him in 2011. He's 34-14 in regular-season games with Denver and has three consecutive AFC West titles.

Bills remember owner: Thousands turned out in Buffalo for a public remembrance of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson, who died March 25 at 95. The event was held at the Bills' practice facility amid an array of photos, trophies and souvenirs while the music of Frank Sinatra, Wilson's favorite, played.

Cancer-stricken Hall of Famer: 'Praying for a miracle' 04/05/14 [Last modified: Saturday, April 5, 2014 9:14pm]
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