Tim Tebow himself would’ve had to come back to the NFL last season after however-many years he’s been gone, he would’ve had to become the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, and he would’ve had to lead the Browns to the playoffs in order for anybody to beat out Eric Berry for the 2015 Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
That Berry made the Pro Bowl last season was no shock given his ability; it was the fourth Pro Bowl nod of his six-year career.
That Berry was an AP All-Pro first team selection was not out of his wheelhouse; that was his second All-Pro nod since entering the league.
That he racked up 61 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups while helping the Kansas City Chiefs go 11-5 and make the playoffs was also not unexpected given his pedigree; he was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
What made Berry’s 2015 season so remarkable and award-worthy was that he did it so soon after beating cancer. Specifically, after beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which Berry was diagnosed with in December of 2014 and which limited him to six games that season.
Berry almost swept the AP Comeback Player of the Year voting, he won the Pro Football Focus Comeback Player of the Year award, and he took home the Ed Block Courage Award, which is voted on by fellow NFL players.
The capper on Berry’s comeback season was that he is now ranked No. 55 on the NFL Network’s top 100 players list for 2016, which is also voted on by his peers in the league.
You can watch the NFL Network segment on Berry HERE, and check out a highlight reel below: