Do not let the title Kelly Tough fool you. This is not a “be all you can be, no pain–no gain” story. Toughness is overrated. And being Kelly Tough, well, this book will show you what that really means and why it just might matter to you.
Kelly Tough is a story of love and hope: a love between a father and a daughter—Buffalo Bill’s former quarterback, Jim Kelly, and his oldest daughter Erin. Erin shares a deeply personal account of the love a family can have for each other during the darkest times, and a greater love that a heavenly Father has for you.
Erin shares her never-before-shared photos, journal entries, and stories. Readers will go behind the scenes with the Kelly family and experience their private struggles and failures as well as their determination and passion during the loss of a precious family member and Jim’s battle with cancer.
Whatever circumstance or heartbreak you find yourself overwhelmed by right now, it is not the end of the story. In fact, it just might be one of the greatest chapters as you, like the Kelly’s, find strength in weakness, hope in the midst of heartache, and joy in spite of suffering.
Meet Erin and Jill
ERIN KELLY is the oldest daughter of Jim and Jill Kelly. She has always had a passion for writing, journaling, and sharing her faith. A sought-after speaker to young women, Erin has co-authored 5 books with her sister, Camryn. She attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
JILL KELLY is the wife of retired Buffalo Bills Quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. She is a speaker and the author of several books including the New York Times bestseller Without A Word. She and Jim live in Buffalo with their daughters.
“When you play in the NFL, you’re part of a bigger family. That’s what Jim Kelly and his children are: family! I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to see first hand the relationship that Jim and Erin have. This book is about that and so much more. Reading this will encourage you and hopefully as a result will strengthen the relationships you have with the people you love most.”
“I have known the Kelly Family for many years and have witnessed what it looks like to be Kelly Tough on and off the football field. However, what I have learned through watching Jim and his daughter Erin during Jim’s cancer fight far eclipses the best of the best. This book is an account of what it takes to live with courage in the midst of some of life’s most difficult circumstances. Well done Erin! Your NFL family is proud of you.”
“We have watched Erin Kelly grow from a beautiful, caring young girl to a soldier. This young woman became a soldier while wearing her Kelly Tough armor. She fought bravely when her father was weak and in great pain while battling cancer. Wouldn’t we all be so blessed to have a daughter who would abandon the frivolity and innocence of youth to crawl through the trenches, to go all-in and battle for us. Erin did this while simultaneously keeping the faith not only keeping it, but growing in it. How beautiful is that? Kelly Tough is a read for everyone, everywhere, and at anytime. You will turn over the last page of this book feeling deeply inspired and armed to battle for the people you love most.”