Kansas City Chiefs, NFL
- 5th overall pick 2010 draft
- Highest paid safety in NFL history
- 2X Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2012)
- Jim Thorpe Award winner (2009)
- 2x Jack Tatum Trophy award winner (2008, 2009)
- 2x Unanimous All-American selection (2008, 2009)
- Recognized as the best college defensive back in the country
Eric Berry is a professional football player who plays safety for the Kansas City Chiefs. The fifth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Eric was the highest drafted defensive back since Sean Taylor in 2004. In his first season, he started all 16 games and became the first Chiefs rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl since 1989, when linebacker Derrick Thomas earned the honor. Eric was the only Chiefs defender to play every defensive snap in 2010. He led the team in interceptions with 4, and was second in tackles with 92 and solo tackles with 77 only to Derrick Johnson. Eric scored his first NFL touchdown on a 54-yard interception against the Tennessee Titans and in his first playoff game, he recorded career-highs with nine solo tackles and four passes defended. As of 2012, Eric has recorded 148 tackles, two quarterback sacks and five interceptions.
Originally from Fairburn, Georgia, Eric was a standout athlete in both track and football. He was a two-time high school state track champion and earned a 37-5 record with his football team. Considered the top player in Georgia, Eric was the top cornerback prospect and ranked third in the nation. He played for three seasons at the University of Tennessee between 2007 and 2009 before going pro. As a freshman, he was named the SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year, led all SEC freshmen in tackles and was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice. After his first season with the Vols ended in 2007, he was named to the First-team All-American team. Named a team captain as a sophomore, Eric tied for the national lead in interceptions with seven and set an all-time career SEC record for interception return yards with 487 yards. Named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-SEC pick, he was also a unanimous first-team All-American and winner of the Jack Tatum Award in 2008. In his third and final season with Tennessee, Eric won the Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes the top defensive back in college football in the country, the Jack Tatum Award for a second time and was a first-team All-SEC selection yet again. In 2010, he founded the Eric Berry Foundation which aims to restore community parks and create places where kids can play and be active.