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Eric Berry: ‘Football sore is way better than chemo sore’

Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry watched the fourth quarter from the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason game on August 21, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry watched the fourth quarter from the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason game on August 21, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium. deulitt@kcstar.com

Chiefs safety Eric Berry pushed through his first game back after recovering from Hodgkin lymphoma, and greeted the fans at Arrowhead Stadium in his second game, both in the preseason. Now that he’s on the edge of his regular-season game since beating cancer, Berry doesn’t view it as milestone.

“I’ve kind of got this little vision for myself, where I want to be, how I want to help the team,” Berry said. “Right now, it’s not necessarily a milestone, it’s almost like a check point.

“It is a big deal, but I can’t make it a big deal. I’m just going about my business every day, trying to make sure everything is on point. … If I put too much excitement behind it, I’d be really jittery.”

Since his return, Berry said he’s welcomed a familiar type of soreness.

“Football sore is way better than chemo sore,” Berry said.

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Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry spoke on Thursday about playing in the season opener against the Texans following his treatment for lymphoma in 2014-2015. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

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