Eric Berry (2007-2009)
When I started thinking of players who are universally loved by Vol fans, several names automatically popped into my mind.
To my surprise, Eric Berry was one of those names. At first, I was skeptical of including Berry on this list. But after giving it some thought, I think he’s the perfect example of a player who is loved by nearly every Tennessee fan on the planet.
Berry had a solid career at Tennessee under Phillip Fulmer and Lane Kiffin. The Georgia native was named the SEC defensive player of the year after the 2008 season. He also received the Jim Thorpe Award (annually given to college football’s top defensive back) after his junior season. After foregoing his final year of eligibility, Berry was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fifth overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.
During nine seasons with the Chiefs, Berry was named to five Pro-Bowls. He was also named the comeback player of the year in 2015 after being treated for Hodgkins lymphoma.
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