If you’re a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, then you’re well aware of how great Eric Berry‘s career was on Rocky Top.
So it should come as no surprise that Berry is among NFL.com’s top 10 college football players of the 2000’s.
Berry was a three-year starter — and a three-year star — for the Vols. He picked off 14 passes in his career and ranks second in NCAA history with 494 interception-return yards, including three returns for TDs. He won the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. He finished his career with 245 tackles, 17 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Berry was a freshman All-America in 2007 and a consensus All-America selection in ’08 and ’09; he was the SEC defensive player of the year in ’08, when he had seven interceptions. Berry was a first-round pick in the 2010 draft.
Berry has built off his collegiate success at Tennessee and parlayed it into a very productive NFL career.
Since being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010, the former Vol defensive back has made three Pro-Bowls and is generally regarded as one of the top safeties in the league.
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