BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Doctors for Jim Kelly said Wednesday that the all-time Buffalo Bills great could be cancer free.
A doctor from the New York Head and Neck Institute in Manhattan said there was "no evidence of cancer" found in an examination performed Tuesday.
It's news family, teammates, and Bills fans have been waiting months for.
"I'm ecstatic," Kelly's former teammate Darryl Talley said. "I could jump up and down and do the happy dance right now for him."
Talley can back up the doctor's assessment that Kelly's pain is completely gone after undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. He saw his old teammate a few weeks ago when Andre Reed was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"He was in a very good place when I seen him in Canton and they were thinking he was going to get tired while he was there," said Talley, a leader of the Super Bowl-era Bills. "No, he didn't get tired. He stayed the whole deal."
There will be a series of tests including a biopsy to determine if he needs any more treatment. The Kelly camp was cautiously optimistic on Wednesday.
Full Statement from Jill Kelly
“We have come away from our checkup visit in NYC encouraged and hopeful. Preliminary scan results have necessitated the need for biopsies to be done in order to confirm what we hope to be true…that the cancer has been eradicated. We will not know the outcome until this procedure is completed. And so… We continue to PRAY, rejoice, live…wait and trust GOD who holds ALL things together. God, who is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End and every moment in between. In the midst of it all, I know He’s got this. Thank you for praying! Thank you for holding us up during this time. We are so grateful for you! #prayersforjk #kellytough”
"It must've been many, many, many people who have prayed for Jim, his family and his children," said Joyce Dade, Buffalo resident.
The Kelly family is deeply religious and people celebrating his news Wednesday didn't discount that.
"We need heroes in our life and I think he is and I think he's come a long way with his family and friends that are standing behind him, and Buffalo is pushing for him and pulling for him and praying for him, which I think is really unique," said Bob Soto, Buffalo resident.
"Power of prayer works. There's no doubt in my mind at all about it," said Sandy Tanner, Tonawanda resident. "You get a group of people that are praying for you, it's the best medicine in the world."