Chiefs safety Eric Berry’s comeback from lymphoma was complete long before he was named to the NFL’s top 100 list on Wednesday.
But for Berry, who was named the NFL’s 2015 comeback player of the year, earning the No. 55 ranking — which is based on a poll of all his peers — puts, at the very least, a nice bow on a remarkable season.
The video provides a pretty good glimpse of what Berry is about. One of the clips included is one of Berry’s pregame speeches — I think it’s from 2014 — in which he says the following:
“It ain’t gon’ do no good if we got all these haters, these nonbelievers, if we don’t believe in ourselves,” Berry said, clapping. “Let’s go man.”
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“He’s a whole different breed, now,” Atlanta Falcons safety Kemal Ishmael said. “The guy is a freak, man. He’s a fighter. Beat cancer. Came back. That’s somebody that’s willing to go all in, man.”
It is Berry’s third time on the list. He also made it in 2011, when he checked in at No. 93, and 2014, when he checked in at No. 50.
Eight Chiefs have made this year’s list, including receiver Jeremy Maclin (No. 93), tight end Travis Kelce (No. 91), outside linebacker Tamba Hali (No. 84), quarterback Alex Smith (No. 81), inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (No. 80), running back Jamaal Charles (No. 75) and cornerback Marcus Peters (No. 65).
You can find the complete list of the top 100 videos released thus far right here.