Kansas City Chief safety Eric Berry's comeback from cancer might get buried beneath mega stories like Tom Brady's battle with the NFL and Sheldon Richardson's driving.

But Berry's return to football less than 250 days after being diagnosed with the disease is a far more meaningful and profound story.

"Fear nothing, attack everything," Berry said in a July 29 press conference announcing his return to pro football. "That’s how I kind of did the things."

That simple mantra  helped the three-time Pro-Bowler get out of bed when his body felt like it was dying.


It is a simple mantra that can help even the most casual fans in their day-to-day struggles.

Berry's strife with cancer began on Nov. 20, after he felt more than woozy during a game against the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs star was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that affects about 9,000 people in the U.S. each year.

Initial treatment began Dec. 10, and the next few months were filled with battles of overwhelming exhaustion.


"It came to a point where I had to set goals to just get out of bed," he said. "'Today I’m going to get out of bed, I’m going to make sure I get out of bed and I’m not going to stay in the bed all day,' but I literally would stay in the bed all day, " Berry said about his day to day battles during chemotherapy.

Renowned for his ability to make plays in coverage and against the run, Berry faced a totally new challenge.

"When you add chemo into something like this – it is a whole different monster,"  Berry said. "You can’t go around people, you get sick easily, you have no energy, certain foods you can’t eat."

It was a humbling experience for Berry, whose athleticism took the safety position by storm in the 2010 draft.

"I was trying to push myself to the limit and I couldn’t push myself the way that I wanted to," Berry said.

"I just had to break it down and really embrace the process and understand that everything wasn’t going to come back over night."

The fact that Berry was able to work-out at all during his treatment, is inspiring in itself. He opted to have the drugs distributed through his body via an IV, instead of a traditional PICC. The IV was more painful and did damage to his veins, however it allowed him to work-out, Berry said.


The final treatment came on May 13, and a month later Berry would be deemed cancer-free.

Considering he had went from feeling like his body was dying and maxing out at five push-ups,  Berry's comeback to football activities was a tremendous feat.

A humbled Berry attributed his success to his supporting cast. A supporting cast headlined by his own mom and dad, NFL players, team officials, and Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, who went through a similar battle.


Berry even shouted out his nurses, calling Nurse Stephanie "The Real MVP."

"Even though it was difficult, I got some of my best memories out of that whole process." Berry said. "I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I was just so thankful to go through it with the people around me."

In an era where professional athletes are infamous for contract disputes, it is nice to see Berry become so humbled.

Berry talked about how his relentless football mind helped him throughout the process. This is the same mindset any of us can apply to whatever adversity life throws at us.

Berry still has a lot of rust to fight off and the Chiefs plan on taking it slowly. Thus he has been working with the second team, according to ESPN.

Even if he catches an interception from your favorite team's quarterback, you have to applaud Berry who was battling Chemo just months before.

No matter how high you sit, the former No. 5 pick's story tells us that you are never to high to get knocked down. Moreover, his story teaches that you can always get up, no matter how you get knocked down.

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