Eric Berry’s story got even more inspirational on Friday.
The Chiefs safety was chosen first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press for the second time in his career after missing a chunk of last season when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
This time a year ago Berry was undergoing chemotherapy.
“It’s an incredible honor. It means a lot to me,” Berry told The Associated Press. “Football’s a team game, so I have to give credit to those guys around me as well. We’ve been hungry from the get-go. I don’t know how to explain it, but I think you see it throughout our play. I think our play speaks for itself.”
The Chiefs take on the host Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card playoff game at 3:35 p.m. Saturday, and that’s been Berry’s focus.
“We’re supposed to be right here,” Berry said after practice earlier this week. “We said we were going to be right here, so, we’re here. And it’s just time to set out to do what we set out to do and we do that by one play at a time and one game at a time.”
Berry, who also was named All-Pro in 2013 was the lone Chiefs player selected to the first team.
Earning second-team honors were linebacker Derrick Johnson and rookie cornerback Marcus Peters.
Berry recorded 61 tackles with two interceptions and 10 passes defensed this season.
In a bit of an oddity, the Raiders’ Khalil Mack made the first-team defense at two spots, end and outside linebacker.
Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt was a unanimous selection, as was Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
The Carolina Panthers, who finished with the NFL’s best record at 15-1, had six players chosen to the first team, including quarterback Cam Newton.
One rookie make the team — Seattle Seahawks return specialist Tyler Lockett, the former Kansas State star.
Here’s the entire AP All-Pro team:
Quarterback: Cam Newton, Carolina
Running backs: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Doug Martin, Tampa Bay
Fullback: Mike Tolbert, Carolina
Tight end: Rob Gronkowski, New England
Wide receivers: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; Julio Jones, Atlanta
Tackles: Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati
Guards: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
Center: Ryan Kalil, Carolina
Placekicker: Stephen Gostkowski, New England
Kick returner: Tyler Lockett, Seattle
Ends: J.J. Watt, Houston; Khalil Mack, Oakland
Tackles: Aaron Donald, St. Louis; Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
Outside linebackers: Von Miller, Denver; Khalil Mack, Oakland; Thomas Davis, Carolina
Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco
Cornerbacks: Josh Norman, Carolina; Patrick Peterson, Arizona
Safeties: Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona; Eric Berry, Chiefs
Punter: Johnny Hekker, St. Louis
Quarterback: Carson Palmer, Arizona
Running backs: Todd Gurley, St. Louis; Devonta Freeman, Atlanta
Fullback: Pat DiMarco, Atlanta
Tight end: Greg Olsen, Carolina
Wide receivers: Brandon Marshall, N.Y. Jets; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston; Odell Beckham Jr., N.Y. Giants
Tackles: Tyron Smith, Dallas; Trent Williams, Washington
Guards: Josh Sitton, Green Bay; Mike Iupati, Arizona; Zach Martin, Dallas
Center: Travis Frederick, Dallas
Placekicker: Dan Bailey, Dallas
Kick returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
Ends: Muhammad Wilkerson, N.Y. Jets; Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit
Tackles: Kawann Short, Carolina; Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia
Outside linebacker: Jamie Collins, New England
Inside linebackers: Bobby Wagner, Seattle; Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
Cornerbacks: Richard Sherman, Seattle; Chris Harris Jr., Denver; Marcus Peters, Chiefs
Safeties: Reggie Nelson, Cincinnati; Charles Woodson, Oakland
Punter: Sam Koch, Baltimore