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Kelly receives Jimmy V Award at ESPYs ceremony

Jim Kelly's night of honor has finally come in Los Angeles

July 18, 2018 - 5:29 pm

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly took center stage at the annual ESPY Awards ceremony as this year's recipient for the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. 

The segment opened with Chris Berman introducing legendary quarterbacks Dan Marino and John Elway. Kelly's longtime friends' then directed the audience to a beautiful video package about Kelly's life during and after football before giving Kelly the honor.

After seeing the video, an emotional Kelly opened his acceptence speech about his son, Hunter.

"It is never easy watching video about my son," said Kelly. "My faith in the good Lord... He has plans for my life... through my son Hunter, we will make a difference."

Kelly then thanked everybody around in his life, including his coaches, family, friends and of course the fans with a message of encouragement.

"Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow... every single person in this room can be a difference maker."

Kelly received the award for his battle with cancer, which he has been combating since 2013. Most recently, Kelly has undergone extensive surgeries in both late March and late June; just three weeks ago. 

It has been about a month-and-a-half since Kelly revealed the news at his annual celebrity golf outing in early June. Kelly said the following after he broke the news:

"I am honored to receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at The ESPYS. It’s humbling to now be included on the long list of inspirational and courageous recipients of this prestigious award. I’d like to thank The V Foundation and ESPN for my consideration, as well as, for all of the incredible work they do for cancer research. They truly do ‘make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow.'"

As for the list of 'inspirational and courageous recipients' of the Jimmy V Award, Kelly joins the likes of former Bills tight end Kevin Everett (2008), ESPN sports commentator Stuart Scott (2014) and TNT reporter Craig Sager (2016).

You can hear his entire ESPYs speech below:

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