Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Chris Owens (20) and strong safety Eric Berry (29) stop Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) near the goal line in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Football seems like life and death.
Take to social media after a Denver Broncos loss, or even a win, and people act as if the world as they know it hinges on it.
People get depressed, distraught and unbearable.
We got more evidence that football is a just a game with the news of Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry.
One of the best safeties in the NFL was put on the non-football injured list with a mass in his chest that is believed to be lymphoma. He will miss the rest of the season. Berry is set for further tests at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The hope is that the specialist can figure out what it is and the best way to fight it.
Berry started to feel discomfort in his chest after last Thursday’s game in Oakland against the Raiders.
"“I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom,” Berry said in a statement. “At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent.”"
Denver and Kansas City have had a great rivalry since the 1960s.
It’s been heated. It’s had great games. It’s had historic moments.
But when news like this breaks, there are no opponents. There are no rivals.
Cancer is something we all come together on and give people like Berry the strength to pull through.
From Jim Kelly to my uncle, I’m tired of seeing this disease wreak havoc on people’s lives.
In most cases, I’m tired of it being a death sentence.
"“Wishing the best of luck to Eric Berry,” Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said on Twitter. “Sad news …”"
As the Broncos and Chiefs start the prep work for the 109th game in this rivalry, Broncos Country is rooting for this Chief to win.
Let’s hope you tackle this as well you tackle Broncos running backs and receivers.