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

But Berry's returnto 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."

Thatsimple 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 wasdiagnosed 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 werefilled with battles of overwhelming exhaustion.

"ItcametoapointwhereIhadtosetgoalstojustgetoutofbed," he said. "'TodayI’mgoingtogetoutofbed,I’mgoingtomakesureIgetoutofbedandI’mnotgoingtostayinthebedallday,' butIliterallywouldstayinthebedallday, " 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.

"Whenyouaddchemointosomethinglikethis–itisawholedifferentmonster," Berry said. "Youcan’tgoaroundpeople,yougetsickeasily,youhavenoenergy,certainfoodsyoucan’teat."

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

"IwastryingtopushmyselftothelimitandIcouldn’tpushmyselfthewaythatIwantedto," Berry said.


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."

"Eventhoughitwasdifficult,Igotsomeofmybestmemoriesoutofthatwholeprocess." Berry said. "Iwouldn’tchangeitforanythingintheworld.Iwasjustsothankfultogothroughitwiththepeoplearoundme."

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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