Eric Berry eyed his pale-orange Adidas workout shoes, the ones bearing his personal stamp: EB-29, his jersey number with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“They help me remember Rocky Top,” a grinning Berry said early Saturday afternoon inside the D1 Sports fitness complex near Hamilton Place mall. “They help me remember more of Knoxville.”
The number 29, in fact, honors fellow former University of Tennessee defensive back Inky Johnson, whose career was ended by injury.
The 150 or so young men who paid $75 to $100 to attend the third-year NFL star’s Elite Defensive Skills Camp won’t need much help remembering what they learned in their three-hour session with the two-time unanimous All-American.
“It was definitely worth it,” said Ringgold sophomore defensive back/wide receiver Michael Lewis, clad in his Tigers practice shirt and shorts and a UT Vols ballcap.