Player Bio

Eric Berry
S #29
Height:
6-0
Weight:
211
Age:
25
College:
Tennessee
Hometown:
Fairburn, Georgia
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
15
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
--
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 267 230 37 5.5 0 30 8 236 -- 54 3 2 2
2014 KC 2 2 15 14 1 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 KC 15 15 74 66 8 3.5 0 10 3 134 44.7 49 2 1 2
2012 KC 16 16 86 73 13 0.0 -- 10 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
2011 KC 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 KC 16 16 92 77 15 2.0 0 9 4 102 25.5 54 1 1 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 TEN L 10-26 15 14 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @DEN L 17-24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @MIA W 34-15 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 NE W 41-14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

How acquired:

Signed with Kansas City (7/30/10) ... Selected with the Chiefs first pick (fifth overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.

NFL Career Highlights:

  • Fifth-year defensive back returns for his fifth season with the Chiefs in 2014.
  • Was selected to his third Pro Bowl following the 2013 season. His other trips to the NFL’s annual all-star game came following his rookie year (2010) and after the 2012 season.
  • Was named first-team All-Pro following the 2013 season, the first All-Pro defensive player since for Kansas City since LB Derrick Johnson in 2011 and the Chiefs first All-Pro safety since Deron Cherry following the 1988 season.
  • Was named to the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) All-NFL Team following the 2013 season, joining RB Jamaal Charles and PR Dexter McCluster.
  • Was named a team captain for the defense in a vote by teammates for the 2013 postseason, joining LB Derrick Johnson (defense); QB Alex Smith and RB Jamaal Charles (offense); and P Dustin Colquitt and S Husain Abdullah (special teams).
  • Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2013, giving him three interception-return touchdowns for his career. That mark ranks tied for fifth in team history for most interception return touchdowns for a career.
  • Had a career-high 3.5 sacks (-26.5 yards) in 2013, a number that tied for first among all defensive backs in the league. Has 5.5 career sacks (-37.5 yards) to rank fourth in team history for defensive backs, needing just 1.5 more sacks to establish a new franchise record for most QB takedowns by a defensive back.
  • Has started all 48 games he’s appeared in.
  • Has started both postseason contests he’s played in.
  • Led the Chiefs with four interceptions as a rookie in 2010.
  • Joined the Chiefs as the fifth overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Honors:

Mack Lee Hill Award: Chiefs Rookie of the Year Award – 2010; Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team – 2010; The Sporting News; The Sporting News All-Rookie Team – 2010; Pro Bowl (3) – 2011, 2012, 2013

College:

Started 39 games in three years at Tennessee ... Made 37 starts at strong safety, one at left cornerback and one at nickel back ... Tallied 245 tackles (157 solo), 17.5 tackles for loss (-45.0 yards), 3.0 sacks (-11.0 yards) and 14 INTs for 494 yards with three TDs ... Also had 31 passes defensed, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and three QB pressures ... Rushed seven times for 37 yards and caught one pass for three yards ... Returned six kickoffs for 132 yards and added 14 special teams tackles ... Was a two-time unanimous All-America pick ... Opened all 13 games as a junior in 2009, recording 87 tackles (56 solo), two INTs for seven yards, nine passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and three QB pressures. Added 14 special teams tackles and four kickoff returns for 100 yards. Earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year. Received the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back ... Started 12 games as a sophomore in 2008, totaling 72 tackles (44 solo), 3.0 sacks, seven INTs for 265 yards with two TDs and 13 passes defensed. Added two kickoff returns for 32 yards, seven carries for 37 yards and one catch for three yards ... Unanimous All-America selection ... Named Jack Tatum Award winner as the best defensive back in college football and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the year ... Opened all 14 games as a true freshman in 2007, tallying 86 tackles (57 solo)

Personal:

  • Selected jersey number 29 with the Chiefs to honor former University of Tennessee teammate DB Inky Johnson, who suffered a severe shoulder injury in 2006.
  • Berry’s father, James, was a four-year letterman as a running back at Tennessee (‘78-81), serving as team captain as a senior.
  • Twin younger brothers, Elliott and Evan, play football at Tennessee.
  • Was a ParadeAll-America selection as a senior at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., where he played QB and DB.
  • Named Georgia High School Player of the Year by Gatorade and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Also ran track and set school records in the long jump (22’-8”) and the 200-meter dash (21.76 seconds).
  • Interned in a dental office while in high school.

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How acquired:

Signed with Kansas City (7/30/10) ... Selected with the Chiefs first pick (fifth overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.

NFL Career Highlights:

  • Fifth-year defensive back returns for his fifth season with the Chiefs in 2014.
  • Was selected to his third Pro Bowl following the 2013 season. His other trips to the NFL’s annual all-star game came following his rookie year (2010) and after the 2012 season.
  • Was named first-team All-Pro following the 2013 season, the first All-Pro defensive player since for Kansas City since LB Derrick Johnson in 2011 and the Chiefs first All-Pro safety since Deron Cherry following the 1988 season.
  • Was named to the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) All-NFL Team following the 2013 season, joining RB Jamaal Charles and PR Dexter McCluster.
  • Was named a team captain for the defense in a vote by teammates for the 2013 postseason, joining LB Derrick Johnson (defense); QB Alex Smith and RB Jamaal Charles (offense); and P Dustin Colquitt and S Husain Abdullah (special teams).
  • Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2013, giving him three interception-return touchdowns for his career. That mark ranks tied for fifth in team history for most interception return touchdowns for a career.
  • Had a career-high 3.5 sacks (-26.5 yards) in 2013, a number that tied for first among all defensive backs in the league. Has 5.5 career sacks (-37.5 yards) to rank fourth in team history for defensive backs, needing just 1.5 more sacks to establish a new franchise record for most QB takedowns by a defensive back.
  • Has started all 48 games he’s appeared in.
  • Has started both postseason contests he’s played in.
  • Led the Chiefs with four interceptions as a rookie in 2010.
  • Joined the Chiefs as the fifth overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Honors:

Mack Lee Hill Award: Chiefs Rookie of the Year Award – 2010; Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie Team – 2010; The Sporting News; The Sporting News All-Rookie Team – 2010; Pro Bowl (3) – 2011, 2012, 2013

College:

Started 39 games in three years at Tennessee ... Made 37 starts at strong safety, one at left cornerback and one at nickel back ... Tallied 245 tackles (157 solo), 17.5 tackles for loss (-45.0 yards), 3.0 sacks (-11.0 yards) and 14 INTs for 494 yards with three TDs ... Also had 31 passes defensed, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and three QB pressures ... Rushed seven times for 37 yards and caught one pass for three yards ... Returned six kickoffs for 132 yards and added 14 special teams tackles ... Was a two-time unanimous All-America pick ... Opened all 13 games as a junior in 2009, recording 87 tackles (56 solo), two INTs for seven yards, nine passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and three QB pressures. Added 14 special teams tackles and four kickoff returns for 100 yards. Earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year. Received the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back ... Started 12 games as a sophomore in 2008, totaling 72 tackles (44 solo), 3.0 sacks, seven INTs for 265 yards with two TDs and 13 passes defensed. Added two kickoff returns for 32 yards, seven carries for 37 yards and one catch for three yards ... Unanimous All-America selection ... Named Jack Tatum Award winner as the best defensive back in college football and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the year ... Opened all 14 games as a true freshman in 2007, tallying 86 tackles (57 solo)

Personal:

  • Selected jersey number 29 with the Chiefs to honor former University of Tennessee teammate DB Inky Johnson, who suffered a severe shoulder injury in 2006.
  • Berry’s father, James, was a four-year letterman as a running back at Tennessee (‘78-81), serving as team captain as a senior.
  • Twin younger brothers, Elliott and Evan, play football at Tennessee.
  • Was a ParadeAll-America selection as a senior at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., where he played QB and DB.
  • Named Georgia High School Player of the Year by Gatorade and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Also ran track and set school records in the long jump (22’-8”) and the 200-meter dash (21.76 seconds).
  • Interned in a dental office while in high school.

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