Eric Berry battles lymphoma, returns to football and earns Pro Bowl nod

Five Chiefs were named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday but no selection was more inspiring than safety Eric Berry.

The 2010 first-round pick out of Tennessee had been to the Pro Bowl on three previous occasions, the last coming after the 2013 season. But Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in December 2014. Seven months later, he was cleared to return to football, and a month after that he played in the Chiefs' first preseason game.

And now, with just two weeks left in the regular season and the Chiefs on an eight-game winning streak -- and eying a shot at the AFC West title -- Berry is back in the Pro Bowl.

"Our thoughts were really with [Berry] and just getting healthy," Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said at the start of training camp. "Not so much by getting healthy and playing football. But, when we showed up last week and Eric was cleared to play football, it was a huge lift for everybody associated with the organization. I can really sense the players feeding off of his strength and his leadership."

It continues to this day -- and it could be a big part of a Chiefs' deep playoff run.

Eric Berry returned to football in August and made his 4th Pro Bowl on Tuesday. (USATSI)
Eric Berry, who returned to football in August, was named to his fourth Pro Bowl on Tuesday. (USATSI)
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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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