Eric Berry’s smile says it all

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- On Wednesday, Chiefs safety Eric Berry smiled, thanked people and said he is a wiser man after his battle with cancer that sidelined him for eight months as he focused on his physical and emotional health.

Berry is happy to be back at training camp, practicing and training with his teammates.

"The two things that I could control was my attitude and my effort," Berry said. I just try to go out, wake up everyday and just try to build off of whatever I did the day before."

He said initially he looked too far ahead and became overwhelmed at the process before him.

"I ended up crying to my dad for about 30 minutes at breakfast because it was a long road. So I just wanted to take it step-by-step, day-by-day and see where it took me."

When asked how tough it really was, Berry said it was a battle everyday. There were times he didn't get out of bed and he'd have to give himself a pep talk.

"Today I'm going to get out of bed. I'm going to make sure I get out of bed. I'm not going to stay in the bed all day," he said he recited to himself. "I would literally stay in the bed all day.  It was a tough process."

He said he had a lot of support, both physical and emotional.

While he didn't train with the Chiefs, he did train on his own.

"I was training while I was going through chemo.  There would be times I'd work out and I'd end up just crying after the work out," Berry said.

He said he cried for two reason: Because he'd made it through the workout and because it was so hard.

He said while he was pushing himself, he couldn't push himself as hard as he wanted to.

"I had to break it down to really embracing the process and understand that everything wasn't going to come back overnight. When you add chemo into something like this, that's a whole different monster. Because it literally feels like you're dying," he said.

Berry said the fight has changed him.

"I"m a lot more wise. I analyze things before I just go into them," he said.  He said the list of the way it's changed him is so long, but he understands know that: "Everything is a process. Everything is preparation.

He was very gracious when a reporter asked him if being sick revealed to Berry who was there for him and who wasn't.

"A lot of people don't know if they're texting you too much or calling you too much.  They don't know how to approach you in that situation so if they don't hit you up, it's okay, you know what I'm saying?" Berry said.  "I can definitely say that I had some great people step up to the plate."

Another mantra that got him through:

"Fear nothing, attack everything," he said.

Watch the video in the player above. Berry explains specific ways both his mom and his dad helped him every day.

Congratulations, Eric Berry.

Berry was considered cancer-free on June 22, according to SB Nation.

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Eric Berry, Chiefs safety , spoke Wednesday about his return to the game after cancer.
Eric Berry, Chiefs safety , spoke Wednesday about his return to the game after cancer.


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