Back from injury: Berry ready for return in 2018

Chiefs safety Eric Berry has not played a down of football since Week 1 2017.

Posted: Jul 28, 2018 10:42 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2018 8:27 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)- Eric Berry has not put full pads on since last September in the fourth quarter of the season opener against New England- that is until Saturday morning. 

“It felt pretty good. Excited to be out there around the team. It was pretty good.”

Chiefs safety Eric Berry has not played a down of football since Week 1 2017.

Berry is coming off an Achilles' injury which sideline him for the 2017 season. 

“Eric’s our leader," Head coach Andy Reid said. "We appreciate when he’s out there going. The guys feed off him. It’s the whole story. It’s not just that it’s Eric Berry, It’s the whole story, the whole thing that he went through. The fact that he does everything out here and works his tail off. It’s a phenomenal story.”

Berry will help lead a young secondary unit, which saw Ron Parker and Marcus Peters both exit during the offseason. 

“EB, he’s all about football," Cornerback Kendall Fuller said. "I think that’s one thing I notice the most. I remember when I first got here he asked me if I had a girlfriend, asked me if I had kids. I think the reason for doing that was let’s see how focused he’s going to be on football. So, when you get a guy like that you just want to learn from him. To win the Super Bowl, one thing my brother always preached to us was the season is only 16 weeks so those 16 weeks you have to focus and be all in. “

Since he was drafted fifth overall in 2010 by the Chiefs, Berry has missed two and half seasons of football due to an ACL tear, Achilles' tear, an ankle sprain, and Hodgkin's lymphoma, which Berry was diagnosed with in December 2014. 

"I got hurt my second year, and I felt like I was in the best shape of my life and I was starting to learn that defense and become acclimated to what was going on around me," Berry said. "So I learned the defense and I learned about NFL football. And then I had the injury and the cancer, I had that injury when I thought I was getting to my peak where I needed to be. And same thing with last year. But you can’t really wonder where you would be. There is really no telling because I learned so much through all three of those processes. I just keep growing. I can’t tell you where I would be without them.”

Through all the injuries and overcoming cancer, Berry has learned a lot of lessons that he said have helped him on and off the field. 

“The whole cancer deal was actually a privilege," Berry said. "To be honest with you it was a blessing at the same time because I learned so much. I helped so many people and so many people helped me as well. They inspired me just being able to connect with them through that common thread of having cancer and being able to overcome it. I can’t really tell you where I would be without those situations either.”

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