SAN FRANCISCO -- Eric Berry's return from Hodgkin's lymphoma was, in the eyes of many, the best story in football this season.
The Associated Press agrees, naming the Kansas City Chiefs safety their Comeback Player of the Year at NFL Honors on Saturday.
"There were some tough times. There were times I felt like I couldn't do it anymore," Berry said in his acceptance speech. "There were times of uncertainty. ... There were a lot of lonely nights but my mom was right there. ... When I lost my hair, (my dad) shaved his head so I wouldn't be by myself and I love you to death for that."
Berry added, "I knew I would be here, but I feel like I'm dreaming right now."
Berry told Flanagan that he never considered walking away from the game, saying: "That wasn't even my focus. My focus at first was just getting healthy and getting back to E.B., being able to have a normal day. Then I just started seeing progress. And I was like, 'Man, I'm going to get back on the field.'"
At 27, Berry still has plenty of time left to add to his legacy as one of the league's top safeties. The Chiefs plan to keep him around, too, with NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reporting that Kansas City is ramping up talks on a new contract for the soon-to-be free agent.
That's business for another time. Today we can celebrate what Berry has accomplished.