Earlier this week the Kansas City Chiefs had two of their former players, and legends, officially join the College Football Hall of Fame. Both linebacker Derrick Johnson and safety Eric Berry were presented with the well-deserved honor.
Eric Berry had a unique career for the Chiefs that was unfortunately cut short due to injury. At the height of his career, he famously overcame cancer and came back to absolutely dominate. For a few short years, it can be argued that Berry was the best safety in the league.
It's good to see that Berry's career at Tennessee and the collegiate level is also being recognized. My AA colleague had argued that Berry should be considered for the NFL Hall of Fame next, which he's now eligible for as well.
The other superstar that was honored was Derrick Johnson.
The former Texas Longhorns star was rightfully inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. His former teammate and Texas alum Jamaal Charles was also there to celebrate with both Johnson and Berry. Johnson is the Chiefs all-time leading tackler. Even though he briefly turned heel at the end of his career and joined the Raiders, Johson is still a beloved member of Chiefs Kingdom.
These two players may have been the most recognizable Chiefs inducted, but former wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was also inducted alongside with them. Maclin was perhaps the most well-known receiver of the early Andy Reid era in KC—although there was some tampering involved to get him.
In the case of Berry and Johnson, their induction into the College Football Hall of Fame shows how the Chiefs have had a history of drafting great college players. Both of them were first round picks, and for very good reason. Not only were they stellar college performers, but they also become stellar professional players as well.
It will be a long shot, but maybe one or both of them will be able to hear their name in Canton one day, too.