The desire to watch football was missing for a few months after his first major injury.
Eric Berry still tuned in to watch Tennessee.
Pushing himself through rehabilitation on that torn anterior cruciate ligament, he again craved something from his old program.
So former Vols Art Evans and Savion Frazier were enlisted to work out with him in Florida.
And as soon as Berry gets back on the campus, where he turned himself into a first-round draft pick and laid the foundation to become an NFL starter, the Kansas City Chiefs safety is chasing down Vols to get in the weight room and talk shop with him.
Berry's love affair with UT shows no signs of slowing down two seasons removed from the last game of his collegiate career, celebrating a two-year anniversary of sorts from his own Pro Day by returning to support a few former teammates trying to join him at the next level.
"I just feel like coming back here, there's nothing like the bond at UT," Berry said on Friday. "I love my teammates in Kansas City, I love the organization up there, but there's just nothing like working out with your guys here.
"These are the guys that you go eat with, you work out with and you go to the games with. There's just something about coming back and working out with these guys."
That group included a handful of veteran defensive backs who were around during his last campaign in 2009, including Prentiss Waggner, Eric Gordon and Marsalis Teague.
And though Berry is starting to get low on former teammates to run with when he returns to UT, he's already spinning that into a positive to build new relationships and help pass on some tradition and history to the guys following behind him.
It probably doesn't hurt any that photos of Berry aren't hard to find in the practice facility. And despite his season-ending injury in Week One last year with the Chiefs, his profile as a professional hasn't been damaged either.
"I'm always going to come back," Berry said. "I just feel like my loyalty is with that 'T.' The university has done so much for me, and I just love where I went to school. That's why I made this decision to come to this university where guys like Peyton (Manning) played, guys like Al Wilson. Peyton still comes back, and he doesn't have his head coach here.
"The stronger we are as former players, coming back and showing love to those guys, then those guys will go on and do the same thing. That's just how you build that bond."
Those aren't the only construction projects going on for Berry during a longer-than-expected offseason.
He's working to expand his impact in the community by again hosting camps for kids, including a pair of them in Knoxville during the first week of June at D1 Sports.
His foundation is continuing to raise money and fund programs to benefit Knoxville, Kansas City and Atlanta.
And then there's the personal work on his ACL that has occupied his time, which he estimates is "80 or 85 percent" done.
"I'm really excited about where I'm at, ahead of schedule," Berry said. "Right now, I feel very comfortable with where I'm at, running, cutting, starting to do plyometrics as well, and the process is going really well.
"Probably the first month or two, that was real tough for me. I didn't really watch any football that was on television. I just watched the Chiefs when I could, but other than that I was watching college football, I was watching UT."
Even if they were only drills on Pro Day, Berry wasn't turning down the chance to watch the Vols again in person.