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Alex Smith felt ‘undeserving’ to be in room with Eric Berry

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry spoke about his cancer treatment for his Hodgkin lymphoma while his mother, Carol Berry, wept during a news conference in St. Joseph.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry spoke about his cancer treatment for his Hodgkin lymphoma while his mother, Carol Berry, wept during a news conference in St. Joseph. deulitt@kcstar.com

Chiefs safety Eric Berry made an opening statement and took 25 questions walking reporters through his inspirational battle and triumph over Hodgkin lymphoma on Wednesday.

Quarterback Alex Smith didn’t ask any of them, but he was in the room, taking in the emotional moment and overwhelmed by the moment.

“To be honest, I really felt like I didn’t deserve to be in the room,” Smith said. “That’s the truth. I felt like I was undeserving to be in there with him, talking about that.

“He’s a special person, a special teammate … the way he’s handled everything. To see him come out of this, I’m so incredibly happy for him. I felt really humbled.”

Berry took snaps with the second team defense on Saturday during the first full-squad workout.

Is this the year?

Optimism always abounds a preseason camp. But the Chiefs aren’t being coy about believe in themselves. They put it out there.

“I’ve talked about it with a lot of the guys,” Smith said. “I really feel like we have a lot of the pieces it takes. They’re all here. You never know how long those windows will last. I feel like we have an opportunity in front of us.

“It takes a lot of hard work but we have an opportunity that not all teams have.”

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat reporter Terez A. Paylor recaps Saturday's first full squad training camp practice in front of fans at Missouri Western State University.

Thousands of fans waited in line to attend Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University on Saturday, Aug. 1. Practice opened to the public for the first time this weekend and will continue through the month of August.

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