In December 2014, Kanas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Ten months later, he returned to the field greeted by a roaring standing ovation at Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs opening game of the 2015-16 NFL season.
He received the AP Comeback Player of the Year award earlier in the year, but at last night’s ESPY’s, he also received the Best Comeback Player award. He delivered a powerful speech dedicated to those who fought and are currently fighting a disease just like he did.
“When you fight something like cancer, you not dealing with a person that looks at where you come from or what’s your background or what race you are or what ethnicity or whatever. Whatever your culture is, it doesn’t care about that. It doesn’t sleep, it doesn’t get tired, so if you make it about yourself, you’re going to fail every time. So you honor the ones that come before you—the Stuart Scotts, the Robin Roberts. You honor those folks by the way you approach it day in and day out, and you attack it.”
You can watch his inspiring speech below.