This has been one helluva season for five-time NFL pro bowl safety and cancer survivor Eric Berry. Current and former NFL players everywhere will always remember his grit and ability to inspire with simply defeating adversity. Some might even say he’s the best thing to ever happen to the Kansas City Chiefs, ever since he tore his ACL in 2011 and came back the following year to make his second pro bowl – his first coming Year 1.
Remembering a young Eric Berry brings us to South Park’s Member Berries – this being perhaps the only time said berries appear in the same paragraph or even blog post as Eric Berry. Seriously, I checked.
Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December of 2014, Berry was tirelessly poised for a comeback – an attempted hurdle few could understand but many could admire. After offseason chemotherapy in 2014, Berry returned for the 2015 season and was chosen to the Pro Bowl and the AP All-Pro team, and was named 2015 AP Comeback Player of the Year in true inspirational, comeback fashion.
Here’s another taste of what this guy – who we already know loves open-field security guard tackles – is made of; the inspiring feels he passes along to those in need.
Eric Berry is a football player who doesn’t get the attention he deserves, mainly because he doesn’t rave about himself. But man does he have love for mankind and the game of football. Humble at heart – and supported by MVP-worthy parents – Berry has taken on the odds and eliminated defeat from his vocabulary.
Carry on, young fella. Keep killing it.