That didn’t take long.
Former Tennessee safety Eric Berry went from cancer patient to cancer survivor to NFL starter in less than a year. Now, he’s an NFL Pro Bowler. Berry was named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
Berry has played in all 14 games for the Chiefs this season and started 13 games. His return to the field has been remarkable considering he missed much of the 2014 season after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which was announced in early December last year.
This season, Berry has recorded 58 tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defended. He was recently ranked as the top safety in the NFL by Pro Football Focus. This is Berry’s fourth Pro Bowl selection in six years. He missed the Pro Bowl last season due to an ankle sprain and his battle with cancer. He missed the 2011 season after suffering a torn ACL.
His four Pro Bowl selections are tied for second by a Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive back. Berry trails only Deron Cherry’s team record of six Pro Bowls by a Chiefs safety.
Berry was a two-time consensus All-American at Tennessee in 2008 and 2009. He won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2009 as the nation’s top defensive back and then decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. Berry was selected with the No. 5 pick overall by Kansas City.
Berry is Kansas City’s nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which is awarded annually to recognize an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. Berry has received widespread acclaim for his work with the Eric Berry Foundation, which provides play areas and athletic fields for children.