Mark Wiedmer: Eric Berry's memories lead to helping kids

Eric Berry

Eric Berry

Eric Berry eyed his pale-orange Adidas workout shoes, the ones bearing his personal stamp: EB-29, his jersey number with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"They help me remember Rocky Top," a grinning Berry said early Saturday afternoon inside the D1 Sports fitness complex near Hamilton Place mall. "They help me remember more of Knoxville."

The number 29, in fact, honors fellow former University of Tennessee defensive back Inky Johnson, whose career was ended by injury.

The 150 or so young men who paid $75 to $100 to attend the third-year NFL star's Elite Defensive Skills Camp won't need much help remembering what they learned in their three-hour session with the two-time unanimous All-American.

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One of my favorite Vols of all time, and I've been around awhile and have seen a lot of 'em. One can tell that he's from a good family by the way he talks and the way he interacts with others. Thank you for giving back, Eric.

Can't wait for August 31 to roll around so we can see what this edition of the Vols has in store for us!


Wayfarer writes:

Really enjoyed the article on Eric Berry. He is a great representative of the University of Tennessee.

Someone needs to check facts, while Chad Speck may represent Tyson Clabo, Clabo did not attend Tennessee. He went to Wake Forrest. He is a Knoxvillian, and he attended high school at Farragut. He is currently a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

VOL56 writes:

I bet my signed Peyton Manning/Eli Manning signed UT food tray from the Gibbs Hall Varisity Cafeteria that Eric's twin brothers will be the 3rd and 4th Berry to become VFL - following Eric and their dad!! book it.

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