Fantastic news came out of Kansas City on Tuesday, where the Chiefs announced safety Eric Berry was cleared to practice after recent tests determined he has overcome Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
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The 26-year-old was diagnosed with the form of cancer in early December when doctors discovered a mass in his upper body after several MRI scans. Berry immediately began undergoing chemotherapy treatments to eliminate the disease, and recently finished in June.
Family members and team officials remained optimistic throughout the entire process, and insisted that doctors would have the final say in Berry’s potential return to the NFL. Berry, too, knew he wanted to return to the football field.
The former fifth overall draft pick is now fit to take the field Wednesday for his team’s opening training camp practice.
“He’s kept himself in good shape believe it or not,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, per SB Nation contributor Joel Thorman. “He’s really done a good job there.”
Berry’s courage and strength is nothing short of incredible, and it’s a miracle that he finally won his battle with the terrible disease.
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