Eric Berry Named Pro Football Focus' Comeback Player of the Year

Derrick Johnson finished as a second runner-up


The accolades keep coming for Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry.

Nearly a month after being elected to this year's Pro Bowl and a week after being named to the Associated Press All-Pro first team, Berry has been named Pro Football Focus' Comeback Player of the Year.

"Injury had already ensured that 2014 wasn't going to plan for Eric Berry, even before he heard that dreadful word that everyone fears to hear — cancer," wrote Kevin Connaghan. "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. That story alone is award material, but Berry earns the award for the way he has performed on the field upon his return."

Berry had 61 tackles (55 solo) and 2 interceptions in the regular season, and then recorded another interception in Kansas City's Wild Card win last week over the Houston Texans.

Berry's teammate, linebacker Derrick Johnson, finished as the second runner-up, only behind Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. Johnson also had a great rebound season after rupturing his Achilles during the Week 1 matchup with the Tennessee Titans in 2014.

Read the full Pro Football Focus article here.

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