After 8 Month Cancer Battle, Safety Eric Berry Officially Returns To The Gridiron.

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"Fear nothing. Attack everything."


Those were the words coming out of Safety Eric Berry's mouth during his press conference announcing his return to football.

The 5th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft spent 2014 away from his passion, battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma, according to ESPN.

According to, "Hodgkin disease (Hodgkin lymphoma) is a type of lymphoma, a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes."

To understand how that affects the body, it's important to understand what the lymph system does. 

As says, "The lymph system (also known as the lymphatic system) is part of the immune system, which helps fight infections and some other diseases. It also helps fluids move in the body."

This is a disease that both children and adults can get, but according to Dr. Christopher Flowers from Emory University, where Berry was treated, it is a very curable cancer with chemotherapy.

While it was a relatively quick turnaround and recovery for Berry, who was diagnosed when he complained of chest pains during a game in November 2014, it was by no means easy.

During his press conference announcing his return to the media, the three time Pro Bowler said, "You can't look too far ahead. I did that in the beginning and ended up crying to my dad for about 30 minutes at breakfast because it was a long road. I just wanted to take it day step by step and day by day and see where it took me."

Some days, Berry had to find the strength and courage just to get out of bed.

"It was a battle every day. It was to the point where I had to set goals where I would just get out of bed: 'Today, I'm going to get out of bed. I'm going to make sure I get out of the bed.' I wasn't going to stay in the bed because I literally could have stayed in the bed all day."

His trainer, Rick Burkholder, told ESPN, "He came out on the other side of the chemo a pound heavier than he went in...That tells you what kind of genetic person he is and why he's a professional athlete."

Now, after eight months of battling for his life, Berry has been cleared to start practicing with his squad again...

His head coach, Andy Reid, wants Berry to take it easy at first, slowly building to full contact drills and ultimately returning to the starting eleven on defense. 

As ESPN reported, Reid said "We're just going to take it nice and easy. He worked today, he'll work tomorrow and he'll be off (Friday) like I do with the veterans who are coming off injury."

With his intensity and work ethic, he is definitely a piece the Chiefs need back on the field.

So, welcome back EB, you were sorely missed. We look forward to seeing you run up and down the grid iron soon!

You can watch his press conference with his mom and dad below.

For anyone or anyone you know currently battling a disease or cancer, try to remember Berry's strong words...

WelcomE Back.


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