Jim Kelly continues to inspire at youth camp in Rochester
Updated: Tuesday, July 15 2014, 05:59 PM EDT
Jim Kelly's doctors tell him he needs to slow down. But Tuesday was not that day.
"I’m not gonna let these kids down," Kelly said. "I was a kid once, and I know what it was like to look forward to doing something, look forward to meeting someone, look forward to making a difference."
Kelly was making a difference by more than just being on hand at his camp in Rochester today, but by being hands on…talking, teaching, and even throwing.
"I’m not a very patient person," Kelly explained. "As we know with the no-huddle offense, and I ran a very fast pace, that’s what I want with my recovery, I got a lot of things to do. The good lord decided you gotta slow down a bit, I can always remember my mother saying you gotta slow down, that’s just not my demeanor."
But as positive as Kelly is and continues to be, he's also a realist.
"I’m not scared. I’ve never been scared of dying. Im 54 years old, I’ve been through so many things in my life, I’ve done so many things, I’ve set goals, I’ve achieved goals, i’ve had a blast. If it’s my turn, the good lord decides that 55 is my age, so what. I’ll be going to see my son a little earlier than I thought I was going to, but the key to me is I know I have a lot more to do, a lot more lives to change, and a lot of people out there are gonna change my life."
So Jim continues to be tough…Kelly tough…not just for himself and his family, but for the kids everywhere who look up to him.
“I wanna make a difference in these kids' lives," Kelly said. "Not only on the field, but from what I’m gonna tell them later on about the choices they make as young adults that can impact what they’d become. Whether it’s one out of 100 or five out of 100. But I love doing it.”