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Timeline: The Amazing Road of Eric Berry

Looking back at the milestones of the past two years for the All-Pro safety

Day 0


November 20, 2014

The Chiefs lose on Thursday Night Football to the Oakland Raiders, 24-20. After the game, Eric Berry tells head trainer Rick Burkholder that he has some discomfort in his chest.

Day 4

November 24, 2014

Head trainer Rick Burkholder tells the media that Eric Berry has a mass on his chest. Doctors believe the mass to likely be lymphoma, but there still is testing to be done.

Day 6

November 26, 2014

Eric Berry returns home to Atlanta to be with his family and undergo further testing with Dr. Christopher Flowers at Emory Hospital.

Day 18

December 8, 2014

It is announced that Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Dr. Christopher Flowers of Emory Hospital releases the following statement: "This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches. The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now."

Berry releases the following statement: "My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple of weeks. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate all the words of encouragement, the blessings and well wishes. I want to thank the Emory University School of Medicine, along with Dr. Flowers and his team, for all of their hard work and effort in diagnosing and creating a plan for me to battle this thing. I will embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it. For everyone sharing similar struggles, I'm praying for you and keep fighting!"

Day 20

December 10, 2014

Eric Berry begins chemotherapy treatment.

A look at some of the top photos of Eric Berry throughout the 2015 season.

Day 174

May 13, 2015

Eric Berry finishes six phases of chemotherapy treatment.

Day 214

June 22, 2015

After tests by doctors, it's revealed that Eric Berry is cancer-free.

"I was just at a loss for words, I was so excited," he later said. "I think the biggest thing, I was just happy that I made that journey with everybody that was close to me. I think that was the best part about it, because when you're lying there, there were many times when I was like 'Man, I don't know if I'm going to wake up tomorrow.' I'd just be up thinking, scared to go to sleep. Then there would be a point where I would just be like 'Forget it, I'm going to sleep. If I don't wake up, I don't wake up.' The thing about it, just going through it, with the people that's close to you, you don't think about material things, you don't think about things like that. You think about the experiences you have with the people close to you. At the end of the day, that's all that matters. Making it through that journey, even though it was difficult, I got some of my best memories out of that whole process. I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. I was just so thankful to go through it with the people around me."

Day 245

July 23, 2015

Eric Berry returns to the Chiefs for football testing.

Day 250

July 28, 2015

Eric Berry passes all football testing.

Day 251

July 29, 2015

Eric Berry returns to the practice field at training camp in St. Joseph, Mo.

Day 268


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Eric Berry plays in his first game since returning, a preseason matchup in Arizona against the Cardinals.

Day 338

October 24, 2015

Eric Berry recorded his first interception of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Day 360

November 15, 2015

Eric Berry recorded his second interception of the season against the Denver Broncos.

Day 377

December 2, 2015

Eric Berry is named a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Day 399


December 24, 2015

Eric Berry earns his right to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his career.

Day 414

January 8, 2016

Day 415

January 9, 2016

Eric Berry recorded an interception in Kansas City's 30-0 Divisional Round win over the Houston Texans. On the same day, he was announced to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team.

Day 725

November 13, 2016

Eric Berry picks off Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and takes it back 42 yards for the touchdown. The play is part of a 17-point Kansas City comeback.


Day 746

December 4, 2016

Eric Berry returns to Atlanta, his hometown and where he completed his cancer treatments at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, for what would be a day to remember. Berry intercepted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the second quarter of the game and returned it 37 yards for the touchdown before handing his mom, who was sitting it the stands behind the end zone, the ball. Berry later picked off Ryan again, this time on a two-point conversion try, and returned it for a two-point score to give Kansas City the lead in the closing minutes of the game. He handed that ball to his father, who was also sitting in the stands behind the end zone. 

Day 779

January 6, 2017

Eric Berry is named a First Team All-Pro for the second year in a row and for the third time in his career after finishing the season with 77 tackles, four interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns), nine passes defensed and a forced fumble.  

Day 832

February 28, 2017

Day 943

June 19, 2017

Eric Berry makes the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2017 list, checking in at No. 13. 

Day 992

August 7, 2017

Eric Berry stays late at training camp signing autographs for fans. 

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