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Rival Report 1/14: Eric Berry named PFF Comeback Player of the Year

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In what will likely just be a precursor to winning the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award, Kansas City Chiefs' safety Eric Berry was named the Pro Football Focus Comeback Player of the Year. This should have been a landslide decision in Berry's favor because what he did isn't just impressive, it is damn near miraculous.

For those of you living under a rock, Eric Berry is a Cancer survivor who missed last season battling the devastating Hodgkin's Lymphoma and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy. There were legitimate concerns about whether Eric Berry would beat the disease, and even if he did there was no guarantee he'd ever be in physical condition again to return to the NFL.

Not only did he return the following year to play in the NFL, he came back dominating and playing as if he never left at all. He was battling an illness that leaves most people a shell of themselves and exhausted from the destructive side effects of chemotherapy, but through it all Berry managed to continue working out even while sick. He battled and won against Cancer and showed up on the football field this season like he had never been sick at all.

There are not enough superlatives in the English language to accurately describe this comeback from Berry and it was honestly the most under appreciated story of the whole NFL season. Had Eric Berry played for a big market his amazing recovery would have been covered extensively but since he plays for a small market midwest team it was barely even mentioned in the mainstream media compared to how big the story should have been.

Congratulations to Eric Berry for this first award but the big news for him will be if, and when, he wins the NFL's award instead. He is a medical marvel, and one of the best safeties in the NFL. He already was deservedly voted First Team All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl as well. Even if he is a Kansas City Chief what he did is truly impressive and inspiring, he is the most deserving Comeback Player of the Year award winner that I can ever remember.

PFF's Comeback Player of the Year award winner: Eric Berry - Pro Football Focus

Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November, Berry spent the next few months undergoing treatment, and was declared cancer-free and ready to resume his career seven months later.

Eric Berry named Pro Football Focus' Comeback Player of the Year - Arrowhead Pride

With a win that is hopefully a precursor to winning the official title from the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been named Comeback Player of the Year by Pro Football Focus.

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