Eric Berry

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Who is Eric Berry?

Berry was born in Fairburn, Georgia. He attended Creekside High School in Fairburn, and was a standout athlete for the Creekside Seminoles track and football teams.

Berry played cornerback and quarterback, earning a 37-5 record as a starter at Creekside. He was teammates with Rokevious Watkins and Terrance Parks. Following his stellar high school career, Berry was invited to play in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Berry was considered the top player in Georgia and the top cornerback prospect by every recruiting service, and Rivals.com ranked him the #3 player in the nation. He was once clocked at 4.38-4.41 range at the 40-yard dash at a soft indoor surface at a high school Combine. ( Wikipedia )

Personal Life

Berry's father, James, played running back for the University of Tennessee from 1978 to 1981, and was a captain of the 1981 squad.Berry's younger brothers, twins Elliott and Evan, currently play football at Tennessee. Berry is a cousin of former All-Pro Tampa Bay linebacker Hugh Green. Berry suffers from equinophobia, a fear of horses, frequently brought on by the team's mascot, Warpaint. This fear was brought on after a traumatizing childhood event at a petting zoo where a horse bit him while his back was turned. ( Wikipedia )

College awards and honors

2009 Unanimous All-American

2000s ESPN All-Decade High School Football Team

2000s RivalsHigh.com Team Of The Decade First Team

2000s Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team

2009 Jim Thorpe Award

2009 Bronko Nagurski Award Finalist

2009 Lott Award Finalist

2009 Jack Tatum Award Winner

2009 First-team All-SEC (Coaches, AP)

2008 Unanimous All-American

2008 National Defensive Sophomore of the Year (Collegefootballnews.com)

2008 SEC Defensive Player of the Year

2008 Jack Tatum Award Winner

2008 First-team All-SEC (Coaches, AP)

2008 Vince Dooley Award