Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
NFL.com recently started a series of articles called “Pain Ranking.” The idea is to look at different franchises and rank how much pain they have had to endure. The Chiefs ranked 7th on that list.
Most fans in Kansas City probably would not argue too much with that, for any number of reasons. And most of those reasons are laid out in the article. But one particular item of pain that was not laid out in the article was super star Safety Eric Berry’s diagnosis with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last November, at age 25.
That news hurt on a level deeper than football, and the entire Chiefs Kingdom has been rooting for Berry to beat that awful disease ever since. Getting his life back is far more important than getting back on the football field.
But that latter goal may be a better possibility than we had previously thought. In June, Justin Houston spoke about Berry in terms that could be taken as a belief that Berry will be back in time for the 2015 season. As noted in the article, that is pure speculation. Not a report. Not a predication.
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Having acknowledged that, let’s take a moment to think about what Berry’s return would mean for the Chiefs.
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