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I wish I came to Jesus sooner, but His timing is on point: Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly

Updated: Feb 11

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 13, 1992: Quarterback Jim Kelly #12 of the Buffalo Bills during a National Football League game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)

"Becoming a Christian is the best decision I've made in my life," Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, 63, recently posted on social media. "I wish I would've come to him sooner. But, His timing is perfect."

As an outward showing of his Christian faith, Kelly recently posted footage of his baptism in a private swimming pool, and expressed his thanks to God for helping him overcome his child's death and his own battle with cancer.

Kelly's son, Hunter, passed in 2005 at the age of 8 due to a rare illness. During his 2002 induction speech in Canton, Ohio at the Hall of Fame, Mr. Kelly famously gave an emotional dedication to his beloved child.

"After Hunter [my son] went to heaven I was so lost and angry at God. But God loved me anyway and he never gave up on me," Kelly said. "Thank you Hunter. It's because of you that I know Jesus and I will see you again."

Once again seen supporting her husband, Kelly's wife Jill posted this, "I have witnessed God at work in this man's life for over 30 years. … And I can tell you that God isn't just REAL, He is faithful, trustworthy, kind, loving, compassionate, powerful, gracious, GOOD, merciful, forgiving … and so so much MORE."

Kelly performed at a higher level than most players in NFL history during his magnificent playing career, and I commend him for finding Jesus Christ. Mr. Kelly can serve as an example of why the Lord is so patient: Jesus is giving people ample time to get over themselves, repent, seek and believe in Him.

In his Instagram post, Kelly stressed that "God helped me humble myself and seek him for help."

The former superstar was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. But he shocked the world by signing with the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League.

Then after the USFL folded in 1985, Kelly signed with Buffalo.

When he retired, only former NFL quarterbacks Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts, and Johnny Unitas had passed for more yardage, and only Tarkenton, and Fouts had completed more passes.

Kelly joins a long list of professional athletes who have publicly professed faith in Jesus Christ.

Christian Commander covers them with honor. So come back for more. And as we like to say...

Long live the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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