Chiefs’ Eric Berry surprised by nurses before return to Arrowhead Stadium

Thursday September 17th, 2015

Before Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was set to take the field for his regular-season home return at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night, the nurses who treated him for Hodgkin’s lymphoma surprised him at the team hotel.

USA Today reported the visit, which was arranged by Berry’s parents and his agent, Chad Speck of A3 Athletics. Four staff members from the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University made the trip, including his main nurse, Stephanie Jones.


Some of Eric's chemo nurses just surprised him at hotel! The entire Emory staff signed this poster. #KCvsDEN

A photo posted by Chad Speck (@cspeck31) on

Berry, 26, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December and cleared to return to the field in late July. He played 48 of the Chiefs’ 77 defensive snaps in Kansas City’s Week 1 win against the Texans in Houston and is expected to continue working toward regaining his starting spot.

Before his diagnosis, Berry was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a first-team All-Pro selection in 2013.

The Chiefs will play the Denver Broncos Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium, with kickoff at 8:25 p.m. ET on CBS.

Mike Fiammetta

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