Eric Berry played safety at the University of Tennessee from 2007-2009. During his college career, Berry was chosen as a 1st team Freshman All-American, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, unanimous first-team All-American twice, and winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, awarded to the top defensive back in college football.
Berry was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2010 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He chose to wear #29 to honor former Tennessee defensive back Inky Johnson, who suffered an injury that paralyzed his right arm while at Tennessee. Eric was then selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls to begin his career. In 2014, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy in the spring of 2015.
In July of 2015, Eric was cleared for all football activities and declared cancer free. After the 2015 season, he was named to the Pro Bowl, the All-Pro team, and was chosen as the 2015 AP Comeback Player of the Year.
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