Eric Berry, also known as “The Fifth Dimension,” is a strong safety for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a two-time All-American at the University of Tennessee and has made three Pro Bowl appearances with the Chiefs.
Berry was born on December 29, 1988 in Fairburn, GA and starred in football and track at Creekside High School. On the football team, Berry played quarterback and cornerback and received an invite to play in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was considered the top prospect in Georgia and viewed by most recruiting services as the top cornerback prospect in the entire country. He also set a school record in long jump and was a Class 4A state champion in the 200 meter dash in 2005.
University of Tennessee
Berry received multiple scholarship offers and chose to attend the University of Tennessee, where he starred for the Volunteers from 2007 to 2009. He led all SEC freshman with 86 tackles and recorded five interceptions in 2007, helping him earn the SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year award and receive First-Team Freshman All-American recognition from Rivals.com. He was named a team captain as a sophomore and tied the national lead with seven interceptions in 2008 en route to being named SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He wrapped up his illustrious college career by earning First-Team All-American honors for the second consecutive season and winning the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back.
Kansas City Chiefs
Instead of returning for his senior season, Berry declared for the 2010 NFL Draft. The Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the 5th overall pick, making him the highest drafted Tennessee product since Jamal Lewis. He signed a six-year, $60 million deal and became the first Chiefs rookie to be named to the Pro Bowl since Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas. He led the team with four interceptions and finished with 92 tackles that season.
A torn ACL cost Berry the entire 2011 season, but he returned to make 86 tackles in 2012 and once again made the Pro Bowl. He racked up 74 tackles and hauled in three interceptions while helping Kansas City return to the playoffs in 2013, earning First-Team All-Pro honors and his third Pro Bowl selection.
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