The Kansas City Chiefs only had one player make the 2015 National Football League First-Team All-Pro unit, and it was the man who beat cancer. Eric Berry joined Tyrann Mathieu of the Arizona Cardinals as the two starting safeties on the roster, something of a beautiful designation.
Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the hours after the Chiefs lost to the Oakland Raiders in Week 12 last season, and was at the first practice of the 2015 training camp. Oh, and he was a pound heavier than before his chemotherapy treatments.
Incredibly, Berry has been even better this season than ever before. The 26-year-old was named to the Pro Bowl roster back in December, the fourth time he has been graced with that honor. This is the second time Berry has been a First-Team All-Pro, doing it back in 2013 as well.
There can’t be enough said for this young man, who stared death in the face and beat it with a cold-blooded attitude. Now, Berry is leading the Chiefs into the playoffs on a 10-game winning streak, hoping to take a playoff game for the first time in 22 years.
Once again, congrats to Berry. What a tremendous journey.