The best story to come out of the NFL in recent weeks, as training camps have picked up, was the return of Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who last week returned to practice just eight months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Throughout his treatment and recovery, Berry received help and encouragement from Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who himself had been diagnosed with cancer and beat it in 2012. Pagano has been a tremendous help and encouragement to people dealing with cancer and who have beat cancer, and while his influence has extended far beyond the NFL, he has still had a positive impact within the league, too. Last year during training camp, Pagano wore a shirt in support of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and then another shirt in support of Texans' offensive lineman David Quessenberry, both of whom were battling cancer at the time (both of them beat it, too!). This year, Pagano has continued that tradition by wearing a shirt in support of Eric Berry - something he did during the team's practice on Tuesday.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chuck Pagano, who battled cancer in 2012, wore a t-shirt in support of Chiefs S Eric Berry: <a href="http://t.co/NfuMpBh9Ye">http://t.co/NfuMpBh9Ye</a> <a href="http://t.co/wWnYf9O8Go">pic.twitter.com/wWnYf9O8Go</a></p>— ESPN (@espn) <a href="https://twitter.com/espn/status/628706441944285184">August 4, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Very cool. <a href="https://twitter.com/Colts">@Colts</a> coach Chuck Pagano supporting <a href="https://twitter.com/KCChiefs">@KCChiefs</a> S Eric Berry today at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTrainingCamp?src=hash">#NFLTrainingCamp</a> (Via <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet">@RapSheet</a>) <a href="http://t.co/m1xborjzWO">pic.twitter.com/m1xborjzWO</a></p>— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) <a href="https://twitter.com/nflnetwork/status/628627583421157376">August 4, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
It's an awesome show of support by Pagano, and it's very cool to hear stories like the one of how he helped Eric Berry through his chemo by helping him know what to anticipate and expect, as well as providing encouragement throughout. There are varying opinions about Chuck Pagano the coach, but Chuck Pagano the person is awesome and very likable, and even though it was an incredibly tough time for him battling cancer in 2012, he's now using that experience to help others who are going through similar things. One such person was Chiefs safety Eric Berry, and Pagano today showed his support of Berry by wearing a shirt that said, "Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Berry," with his number 29 on the back.