Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly announced on Monday that he has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPY Awards in July.
Kelly, who is battling oral cancer, made the announcement at his charity golf tournament.
ESPN has yet to make a formal announcement for the recipient of the award, which is named after the late Jim Valvano. The former North Carolina State men’s basketball coach died of cancer less than two months after delivering a memorable speech at the 1993 ESPYs.
Previous recipients of the award include former CNN/TBS/TNT broadcaster Craig Sager, ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott and ex-North Carolina State women’s coach Kay Yow.
“God willing I’ll be there,” Kelly said, via ESPN.com.
The event will be taped on July 11 and broadcast on July 18.
Kelly was discharged from a New York hospital on April 14 after undergoing a 12-hour procedure on March 28 to remove oral cancer and reconstruct his upper jaw. He is scheduled for another surgery later this month.
The 58-year-old Kelly was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw in 2013 and underwent surgery. After doctors determined the cancer had spread to his nasal cavities, he underwent additional treatments and had another surgery in March 2014.
In 2016, Kelly was declared cancer-free before the disease returned earlier this year.
During the early 1990s, Kelly led the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances. He retired after the 1996 season and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002.