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See larger Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry leaves the field after the 37-14 loss to Virginia Tech at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta. Berry is expected to announce if he will return for his senior year at UT or leave to enter the NFL draft.

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Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry leaves the field after the 37-14 loss to Virginia Tech at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta. Berry is expected to announce if he will return for his senior year at UT or leave to enter the NFL draft.

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  • Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry leaves the field after the 37-14 loss to Virginia Tech at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta. Berry is expected to announce if he will return for his senior year at UT or leave to enter the NFL draft.
  • Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry leaves the field after the 37-14 loss to Virginia Tech at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta. Berry is expected to announce if he will return for his senior year at UT or leave to enter the NFL draft.
  • Tennessee safety Eric Berry lines up against Virginia Tech during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta.
  • Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry greets fans during the VolWalk at a FanFare celebration before the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta. Berry is expected to announce whether or not he will play his senior year at UT or leave for the NFL draft.
  • Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry greets fans during the VolWalk at a FanFare celebration before the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta. Berry is expected to announce whether or not he will play his senior year at UT or leave for the NFL draft.
  • In this Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, photo, Tennessee safety Eric Berry listens during a Chick-fil-A Bowl news conference in Atlanta. Berry says he has 'kind of made up' his mind about his plans for the NFL draft after Thursday night's NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech. Even Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin says he expects Berry to enter the draft.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) leaves the field possibly for the last time as the Vols defeat Vanderbilt 31-16 on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry gets psyched before the start of the Florida game on Sept. 19, 2009 in Gainesville, Fla.
  • Eric Berry peeks out from under a table while signing autographs after a bee flew by his head during Fan Day before the UT spring Orange and White football game. 'I hate bees' Berry said.
  • Tennessee's Eric Berry poses with his trophy after winning the Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista , Fla., on Thursday.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) looks up during a timeout on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) jumps to hit Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb as he dives for a touchdown on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.
  • Kentucky's Randall Cobb, left, is tackled by Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry while running the ball during the first half of their NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) dives for an interception but can't keep a handle on the pass thrown by Vanderbilt quarterback Mackenzi Adams (9) on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at Neyland Stadium. Vanderbilt wide receiver Udom Umoh (23) and Tennessee defensive back Stephaun Raines (29) are also pictured.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) greets fans after the 31-16 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Vanderbilt wide receiver John Cole (83) is stopped by Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) leads the team onto the field after the seniors were introduced prior to the game Saturday, Nov 21, 2009 in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) runs through the T on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) greets a fan after the 56-28 win over Memphis on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) leaves for the locker room as fans cheer after the 56-28 win over Memphis on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • UT coach Lane Kiffin congratulates Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) on his interception Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) is congratulated by head coach Lane Kiffin after an interception against Memphis on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at Neyland Stadium. Coach Kiffin later said that he mistakenly thought Berry broke the NCAA interception record with that interception, he has one more to go.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) catches in interception from Memphis defensive back Alton Starr (7) during action Saturday, Nov 7, 2009 in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) intercepts a pass from Memphis  quarterback Will Hudgens (7) and is one interception and 8 yards away from breaking an NCAA record on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) returns an interception as Memphis wide receiver Stevie Matthews (88) tackles him on the return  Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at Neyland Stadium. Photo by Joe Howell
  • Tennessee players Chad Cunningham, Marsalis Teague and Eric Berry leave the field after the 12-10 loss to Alabama at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Oct. 224, 2009.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) points to the sky after making an interception on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) celebrates a victory with his family following Tennessee's 45-19 win over Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) breaks up a pass intended for Georgia wide receiver Michael Moore (82) on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) tackles Georgia quarterback Joe Cox (14) on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) returns an interception/fumble return 46-yards with Georgia quarterback Joe Cox (14) and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (71) in pursuit on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) grounds a punt on the Georgia one yard line on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) reacts as Auburn wide receiver Terrell Zachery (81) struts into the end zone scoring on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee lost the game 26-22.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) tackles Auburn running back Mario Fannin (27) on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) stops a run by Auburn running back Ben Tate (44) on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) celebrates after stopping the Auburn offense with linebacker Savion Frazier (43) on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) stops a run by Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb (23) on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee special teams players Eric Berry (14) and Ben Martin try to block a field goal attempt by Ohio place kicker Matt Weller on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at Neyland Stadium. The Vols evened their record to 2-2 with a 34-23 win.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) greets fans after arriving by bus near gate 21 at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. The Vol Walk was canceled due to rain
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) points to the sky before kickoff against Florida on Sept. 19, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
  • Tennesse defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin talks to cornerback Eric Berry (14) on Sept. 19, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
  • Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin talks to cornerback Eric Berry (14) between plays on Sept. 19, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) tackles Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (15) on Sept. 19, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) intercepted the ball from Florida wide receiver Riley Cooper (11) on Sept. 19, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
  • Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (15) is hit by Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) greets fans as he leaves the field after the 23-13 loss to Florida on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) motions to the crowd after a tackle against UCLA on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Former UT head coach Johnny Majors, former running back James Berry and his son Eric Berry participate in the Vol Walk before UT played UCLA on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • UT's Eric Berry shakes hands with former head coach Johnny Majors as his father and former UT player James Berry looks on as they prepare to participate in the Vol Walk before UT played UCLA on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee defenders Eric Berry (14), Nick Reveiz (56), Montori Hughes (93), left to right, tackle Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Smith (12) on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry (14) and Nick Reveiz (56) hit Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Smith (12) during second quarter action on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2009 at Neyland Stadium.
  • Tennessee defenders Nick Reveiz (56) and Eric Berry (14) celebrate after making a stop against Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2009 at Neyland Stadium. The Vols, in their first football game under football coach Lane Kiffin, won 63-7.
  • Tennessee middle linebacker Nick Reveiz, left, kids with defensive back Eric Berry during practice on Tuesday at Haslam Field.
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  • UT player Eric Berry signs autographs at the 2009 Welcome Back Barbeque held at Thompson Boling Arena on Friday night for head football coach Lane Kiffin and selected players.
  • Former UT running back (1978-81) James Berry shows a magazine cover to his twin sons Evan and Elliott Berry and current UT player Vladimir Richard after he was asked to autograph it at the 2009 Welcome Back Barbeque at Thompson Boling Arena on Friday. James Berry is the father of current Volunteer Eric Berry.
  • Eric Berry signs an autograph for cancer patient Claudia Hughes of Lenoir City.
  • Tennessee safety Eric Berry talks about the upcoming season in the SEC during the Southeastern Conference football Media Days in Hoover, Ala. on Friday, July 24, 2009.
  • UT head football coach Lane Kiffin is joined by defensive back Eric Berry (14) and tailback Montario Hardesty (2) during the University of Tennessee All Sports Picnic at Allen Arena on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville Thursday, July 23, 2009.

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TVLGRAD writes:

I have had the privilege (honor) to watch Eric Berry play for my beloved Tenn Vols. He is a role model and example for all players. Eric, you will be sorely missed not just because of your greatness but b/c you are a great person. Hats off to your family for instilling that classiness. Wish we could have you for one more year but the opportunity is too great to pass up. Good luck and GO VOLS

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volatilevolfan writes:

Ya ,would love to have berry back ,but no way he will pass up the opportunity for first round nfl money.

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