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Former Mizzou star Jeremy Maclin sympathizes with Chiefs safety Eric Berry

Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry walked the sidelines in last season’s 41-14 win over the Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry walked the sidelines in last season’s 41-14 win over the Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Star

Former Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin can sympathize a bit with Chiefs safety Eric Berry.

Maclin, a free-agent wide receiver who has spent his entire career with the Eagles, exhibited some symptoms of lymphoma in March 2011.

As it turned out, Maclin didn’t have cancer and wound up attributing those symptoms — night sweats, fever, loss of weight and appetite — to a mystery virus when five months of tests proved inconclusive.

Still, he understands a little about how Berry must be feeling after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in November.

“It was tough; the biggest thing was not knowing,” Maclin said. “It was up in the air, and I just did not know what was going on. The unknown is scary in anything that you do. You’ve got to be big, you’ve got to be brave and you’ve got to just fight your way through the situation.”

Maclin said he has not reached out to Berry.

“I have not, but I plan to,” Maclin said Friday during a media session before he and former teammates Chase Daniel and Chase Coffman were inducted into the MU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.

Berry is receiving treatment in Atlanta.

“It’s a little different,” Maclin said. “He’s actually gotten diagnosed with it. I can only imagine what’s going on with him and what he’s got going on. Just stay strong, man. Everybody, I know it sounds easy and it sounds like the right thing to say, but I think that’s what you’ve got to do — stay strong and have faith.”

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