James Eric Berry was born December 29, 1988 in Fairburn, Georgia. In high school in Georgia, all Berry did as the starting quarterback and cornerback was compile a 37-5 record. He was considered the best player in the state of Georgia and the best cornerback in the nation. Rivals.com had him ranked as the No. 3 overall recruit.
in 2007, Berry would leave the state of Georgia and attend the University Tennessee, where he would become an instant star. The safety was named SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year. In 2008, 2009 he was a unanimous All-American.
After forgoing his senior season, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Berry as the fifth overall draft pick, which made him the highest defensive back taken since Sean Taylor. While a member of the Chiefs, Berry has been a tackling machine and a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
Unfortunately, Berry's season this year was cut short with a shocking diagnosis. After complaining of chest pain during a game against the Oakland Raiders, doctors discovered a mass on his chest. On December 8, it was confirmed to be Hodgkin's lymphoma. Berry is currently undergoing treatment and doctors believe it's a very treatable cancer.
Here's to you Eric Berry and all of us from ThePostGame staff wishing you the best in your recovery.