Eric Berry Named 2016 KC Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year

Berry was honored at the Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet on Monday evening


By now, all are familiar with Eric Berry's story.

After defeating Hodgkin's lymphoma, Berry returned to the Kansas City Chiefs in time for 2015 training camp, then put together a season for which he was named a first-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler.

At the NFL Honors in early February, Berry was also named the league's Comeback Player of the Year.

On Monday evening, Berry was presented another honor at the Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet.

Berry is this year's Kansas City Marriott Downtown Sportsman of the Year, an award given to a local male athlete who exemplifies all the positive aspects of sport and has made a positive impact on the Kansas City community.

Derrick Johnson speaking about Eric Berry after Berry was named @SportKC Sportsman of the Year. — Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) April 19, 2016

Although Berry wasn't on hand to receive the award, his fellow teammate Derrick Johnson accepted it on his behalf.

"It means a lot," Johnson said of standing in for Berry. "Eric Berry exemplifies hard work, dedication and he's motivated to make this team better, make its peers better. He's a high-character guy, somebody that we speak highly of and think highly of. It's wonderful, all the awards and accolades he's getting because he deserves it."

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