Eight months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphona, Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs has been cleared to return to football.
According to a statement from the Chiefs official website, Berry has been cleared to return to the practice field and try to restart his sensational career.
"After several rounds of thorough testing and a process that concluded late Tuesday evening, Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been cleared to take the practice field with the club for Wednesday morning’s practice with quarterbacks, rookies and injured players," the statement read.
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Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke about Berry earlier on Tuesday, implying he would need to pass some physical tests to be cleared for football activities.
"He's kept himself in good shape, believe it or not," said Reid of Berry, according to the Kansas City Star. "He's really done a good job there. But like I said, he's got to go through all the formalities here."
Reid went on to add that Berry was so confident he would make a return to the football field, that the possibility of retirement didn't cross his mind even once.
"He never had a thought where he was not going to play football," Reid said. "His thought was I'm going to conquer this thing and play."
Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2014 and underwent his final treatments in June. The three-time Pro Bowler was a first-team All-Pro selection with a magnificent 2013 campaign before an ankle injury slowed him last year prior to the discovery of his cancer.
Let's hope that the storming safety can get back to his best in receiver-destroying best in 2015-16.
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