Former Tennessee Volunteer Eric Berry cleared to return to Chiefs after cancer fight


Kansas City Chiefs Eric Berry has been cleared to return to practice for the Kansas City Chiefs after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December.

Good news from the NFL as former Tennessee legend and two-time All-American safety Eric Berry was cleared to return to practice for the Kansas City Chiefs as he begins his comeback from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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Berry was diagnosed in December and immediately began treatments and had his last treatment in June. The final decision came hours before the Chiefs start training camp when the following press release was released on the Kansas City Chiefs official website.

"“After several rounds of thorough testing and a process that concluded late Tuesday evening, Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been cleared to take the practice field with the club for Wednesday morning’s practice with quarterbacks, rookies and injured players.”"

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and head trainer Rick Burkholder will speak with the media after Wednesday’s practice and Berry will meet the media at 1 p.m. at Missouri Western State University where the Chiefs hold their camp.

Berry is a three-time Pro Bowler and made his first All-Pro team in 2013. He was the No. 5 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft after a second straight All-American season with the Volunteers. Berry also won the Thorpe Award and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2009.

His younger brothers Evan and Elliott are sophomores at Tennessee.

No other player in Volunteer history is as decorated as Berry since Peyton Manning. He is Tennessee royalty and a potential NFL superstar who just beat cancer and is already the winner of the 2015 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

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