Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry earned another award, this time from the NFL Pro Football Writers of America, for overcoming adversity. NFL players, coaches and staff members are eligible for the award.
Berry overcame a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in late 2014 and returned to football action in 2015, ascending once again to the level of becoming an All-NFL player.
Berry noticed chest pain in the aftermath of a collision during a game against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 20, 2014. Four days later, a cancerous mass was found inside his chest. The diagnosis was Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, resulting in six rounds and six months of chemotherapy, from Dec. 10, 2014 until May 13, 2015.
He was declared cancer-free the next month and took part in training camp practices in July 2015.
It took only one regular-season game before Berry was back in the Chiefs’ starting lineup, and he finished third on the team in tackles and had a pair of interceptions. His performance last year earned him recognition on the PFWA All-NFL and All-AFC teams, a Pro Bowl berth and he was named the PFWA’s 2015 Comeback Player of the Year.
Since entering the NFL in 2010, Berry has been named to four Pro Bowls and is a two-time All-Pro player.
Berry is the 47th player to be given the George Halas Award, named after the charter member (1963) of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who was associated with the Chicago Bears and NFL from their inception in 1920 until his death in 1983 as an owner, manager, player and promoter.