Posted Jan 6, 2011

Berry is the first rookie in franchise history to win a Rookie of the Month Award

The National Football League informed the Chiefs on Thursday that S Eric Berry has been named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for December/January. He is the first member of the Chiefs to ever win this honor.

Berry (6-0, 211) produced 39 tackles (27 solo), eight passes defensed, two INTs with one TD and five special teams tackles in December and January. He registered his initial NFL score on a 54-yard interception return TD in a 31-14 victory vs. Tennessee (12/26). The previous week in a 27-14 win vs. St. Louis (12/19), he set career highs with three passes defensed and three special teams tackles.

The University of Tennessee product started all 16 games in 2010, becoming the first Chiefs rookie safety to open every regular season game since 2000. He produced 126 tackles (82 solo), the highest total ever amassed by a Kansas City rookie safety and the third-highest tally registered by any Chiefs rookie in a season. Berry ranked in the NFL in tackles among NFL rookie safeties based on press box totals. He posted four INTs, becoming the first rookie to lead the Chiefs in INTs since CB Dale Carter in ’92. Those four interceptions ranked second among NFL rookie safeties in 2010 and tied for the fourth-highest total by a Chiefs rookie.

Berry finished the season with 2.0 sacks (-11.0 yards), tying for second among NFL rookie defensive backs. He also added 13 passes defensed, a forced fumble and nine special teams tackles. He was a five-time finalist for NFL Rookie of the Week in 2010, tying Rams QB Sam Bradford and Buccaneers WR Mike Williams for the NFL lead in that department.

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