Eric Berry grew up in the great football state of Georgia. Out of high school he wanted to go to Tennessee and was recruited by the great Phillip Fulmer but would live through the worst coaching decision in NCAA history when Lane Kiffin came to town in 2009. Eric finished his third season having garnered 14 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. He decided that instead of being at Tennessee for his senior year he would declare for the NFL Draft. This was the right decision as he was the fifth overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs and has been their star safety ever since. He has 14 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles so far in his first five seasons with the Chiefs and they have decided to make him the highest paid Safety in the league. This deal according to Ian Rapoport is worth $78 Million over six years.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 28, 2017
What people may not know about Berry is that he has had cancer during his NFL career. Back in 2014 during a game versus the Oakland Raiders, Berry was overheard complaining of pains in his chest. There was a mass found in his chest and he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just a few weeks later. He went through chemotherapy treatments and was given the go ahead to resume his career before the next season even started. During the 2016 season the Chiefs, wanting to know what Berry was made of, placed the franchise tag on him. Normally I would frown on taking that contract as a player but it has obviously paid off for him. He ended the season with 4 interceptions and a forced fumble. He averages an interception for every 6 games he starts in.