With all the drama and controversy of the NFL off-season and preseason in 2015, the story of Eric Berry's return to football this summer after being diagnosed with cancer has been an inspirational bright spot. On Tuesday during training camp, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano wore an Eric Berry shirt during to honor the player's announcement last month that he is currently cancer free.
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How cool is that?
Berry has been vocal about the support he has received from around the NFL, including conversations with Pagano who was asked by Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid to call Berry after he was diagnosed. These conversations were detailed in Dec. 2014 article by ESPN's Ashley Fox.
"There are going to be times when you're going to feel like doing nothing but sleeping," Pagano told Berry. "But there will be times you'll want football. Break down tape. Do something. It makes those days go by a little faster."
Pagano also spoke about his experiences talking with Berry.
"He was great," Pagano said of Berry. "He was upbeat, positive, and he'd already had his mind made up what the outcome was going to be. That's so important for anybody who's going to face any type of illness, some form of cancer or anything -- attitude and mindset. His was already made up. He's young. He's athletic. He's healthy. But he knew right from the get-go that he was going to defeat this thing.
It's a really nice thing to see players and coaches supporting each other across the league. Kudos to Pagano for taking the time to honor a truly strong and remarkable player.