As the NFL Network continues their countdown of the top 100 players, one name we haven’t heard is Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry. He deserves to be the top name.
Every year, the NFL Network scours the league for opinions on who the best players in the game are. Depending on where your favorite players are ranked, you probably either love this list or think it’s stupid. However, it is still a big honor for a player to be recognized like this by their peers. For Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, the recognition should put him at the top of the list.
What makes a safety deserving of that top spot? Well first of all, you’re talking about a player who has been named to the Pro Bowl in five of his seven seasons. The only two years he missed were due to health issues. He has also been named a first-team All-Pro three times, including the last two years. That’s an impressive resume.
It’s the last two years though where he has truly emerged as a player to be revered by the rest of the NFL. In 2014 (one of the two years he did not make the Pro Bowl), Eric Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. His future in football, not to mention his life in general, were very much in question.
Coming Back Berry Strong
However, Eric Berry did not only recover from his cancer diagnosis, he returned to the field not even a year later. Berry rejoined the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2015 season and had a solid year, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. The fact that he did this so soon after being diagnosed and treated for cancer is insane. He, deservedly, was named the 2015 Comeback Player of the Year.
Yet Berry was not done….
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