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Watch: Eric Berry Makes Special Appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

Berry surprised Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner


Ellen DeGeneres welcomed Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner onto her television program, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," on Thursday.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in December of 2015, just as Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry had been in 2014.

Upon hearing about his diagnosis, Conner shared Berry's story and video with his team. Conner is currently working out, just as Berry did through chemotherapy. 

On Thursday's show, DeGeneres brought Berry to surprise Conner in person.

"I actually didn't find out [about Conner] through the news or anything," Berry told DeGeneres. "A scout came to our meeting room and told me. [He] pulled me out of the meeting and just told me, 'One of the top running backs in the country, he just found out that he has the same cancer that you were diagnosed with, so if you could, just give him a call.'

"So, we just had a brief conversation about it and we finished up with meetings."

DeGeneres then asked Berry what advice he had for anyone out there who is going through this.

"Never limit yourself," Berry said. "Anything that you're going through, you're really battling yourself. It's the same thing I told [Conner]. It's never about the chemo, it's never about the cancer. It's all about what you're willing to put in to overcome whatever that obstacle is, and I think that's the biggest thing that you're challenged with. When you come in contact with any type of trial or tribulation, it's just seeing how tough you are mentally to actually do what you want to do."

DeGeneres said that sometimes, "situations in life elevate us to another level we didn't even know we had."

"Definitely," Berry responded, "especially when your life is on the line."

Watch the video via The Ellen Show's YouTube account in the tweet above, and catch Thursday's Ellen Show locally in Kansas City on KMBC at 4:00 p.m. CT.

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