Think youve seen everything when it comes to pro football?
By JEFF ROSEN
The Kansas City Star
Bet you havent seen (spoiler alert!) Chiefs safety Eric Berry apologize to a horse.
Well, now you can, thanks to a seven-and-a-half-minute video posted today at NFL.com. In it, NFL Films looks at Berrys (real or feigned, you be the judge) acutely entertaining case of equinophobia.
The two-time Pro Bowlers hangup about horses became public during a home game against Oakland last fall, when he was spooked by Warpaint, the Chiefs hooved mascot that was retired in 1989 but revived in 2009.
Oh, hell no, there goes that horse! a miked-up Berry remarked that day. I dont (mess) with that horse!
NFL Films satirical mini-documentary chronicles how Berry, like most kids, liked ponies and rainbows but asserts that sometime between those carefree days, his hard-hitting years with the Tennessee Volunteers and the present, his appreciation spit the bit.
Ah, but all is not lost for Berry. Toward the end of the short film, which includes interviews with Berrys dad, Chiefs teammates Derrick Johnson and Kendrick Lewis and Denver Broncos defensive back Champ Bailey, Berry resolves to proceed with some desensitization techniques ... culminating with a one-one-one meet-up with Warpaint (actually one-on-two, as the horses rider, Chiefs cheerleader Susie, plays intermediary) inside a deserted Arrowhead Stadium.
Presumably, horse and safety will live happily ever after.
In any event, its definitely must-see NFL TV:
And while were discussing fears, rational or otherwise, enjoy this quintessential Seinfeld moment involving one Cosmo Kramer and Pagliacci the clown: