This week in the NFL started somberly, as news broke early Monday morning that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is battling cancer of the upper jaw. He's scheduled to have surgery on June 7th, and according to Kelly his prognosis is good. He elected to announce the news today via BuffaloBills.com, rather than allowing it to leak via rumor and social media.
Kelly was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2002, following a career that saw him named to five Pro Bowls, and was named first-team All Pro in 1991. Sadly, Kelly's life after football has been no stranger to medical issues. Much of his life since retiring in 1996 was devoted to his son, Hunter, who battled a rare illness (Krabbe disease) before his death in 2005.
Here's more news from Monday in the NFL:
A potential move to have Richard Seymour join the Atlanta Falcons is on hold for the moment, as the sides were unable to reach an agreement on contract terms. The Falcons have been looking to add a pass rusher this off-season after parting ways with John Abraham, and were unable to find an adequate replacement in the draft. It was assumed a deal would come quickly following June first, as the team gained some much-needed cap space as they designated Tyson Clabo as a post-June 1 cut.
McNabb was often maligned during his career in Philadelphia, and is no stranger to being scrutinized in the media. As a result, he's suggesting that RGIII cuts down on his availability, and willingness to hold press conferences during the Washington Redskins' OTAs.
"if you're coming off ACL surgery, you don't need to be having a press conference at OTAs. Every week? Really? It becomes a circus, a sideshow. It takes away from the focus of what those sessions are supposed to be about: the team"
It's routine to see quarterbacks critiqued in the media -- and this is reaching new heights as more players are taking the reigns of a team in their rookie seasons. Cam Newton, first overall pick in 2011, has received his fair share of criticism for how he conducts himself with the media, and it appears that it's Griffin III's turn.
A report out of New York linked the wide receiver with talks to appear in his own television show, but Cruz took to Twitter later in the day refuting the report, saying that 'God is testing (him) for something bigger'.
There'a no telling what the show was supposed to center on, but this has been a media-filled off-season for the receiver. He was given a transitional tag prior to the NFL draft, as the Giants attempt to hammer out a long-term deal with Cruz.
It seems that interest in Owens has died out, and will not see a resurgence like Randy Moss saw in 2012 -- so Owens is turning his hand to bowling, and an attempt to join the PBA.
He's already part-owner in a team, but with an all-time high score of 288 it seems unlikely he'll make an impact in a league where high scores are the rule, not the exception.