Kansas City Chiefs DB Eric Berry gives $$$$$ to his alma mater

Eric Berry donated uniforms to Creekside (Special)

Eric Berry donated uniforms to Creekside (Special)

Tennessee All-America safety Eric Berry was drafted No. 5 overall by the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and signed a six-year contract for $60 million.

One of the first things Berry did after turning into multi-millionaire was to give back to his alma mater, Creekside High.

Berry donated money to the Fairburn football program to purchase 70 new Adidas uniforms, along with coaching gear for the staff.

“It’s funny because when he first signed, Eric said ‘Coach, I want to do something for you all,’” Creekside coach Johnny White said. “I said, ‘Eric you don’t have to do that. I know you’ve got your hands full.’

“Then he was like, ‘No coach, that’s my school.’ Eric has always been very loyal to Creekside. He was coming back to the school to help out and encourage our players long before his brothers got up there. He has a lot of love for Creekside.”

Twin brothers Evan and Elliott Berry start both ways as freshmen for the Seminoles. The 14-year olds already have football scholarship offers from UGA, UCLA and Tennessee.

Note: It’s great to see the generosity of Eric, Jared Cook (NFL player from North Gwinnett HS) and other professionals in the metro area.

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16 comments Add your comment

Darn

September 29th, 2010
7:11 am

Even though he broke my heart and went to UT…I will say this…he is a great person inside and out. Very down to earth and really an awesome human. Glad to know some still exist!!! First?

82Dawg

September 29th, 2010
7:23 am

Great to see him give back to the school. Way to go Eric!!

atlvol55

September 29th, 2010
7:49 am

Class act…wish we still had you this year…Go Vols

joe

September 29th, 2010
8:31 am

First James, then Eric..next Evan and Elliot…UT is proud to call you family.

GT Fan

September 29th, 2010
8:54 am

Carvell, I see u drop the Paul Hewitt Blog…wonder way. Fire Paul Hewitt

Josh P.

September 29th, 2010
10:51 am

it is illegal and and untrue that his 14 year old brothers have been offered scholarships since the rules are that a player must be going into his JUNIOR year to receive a scholarship offer. anything else is a recruiting violation. how could YOU knot know this Carvell? Kids can say what they want and commit as young as they want, but get the facts on this thing. LIES LIES LIES! just proves how few sport literate people there are in the world.

hey stupid josh

September 29th, 2010
10:58 am

written offers can only come in one’s junior year.

verbal offers can come whenever… in the berry’s case, the verbal offer was like this: Richt “We’ll have scholarships available for both of you when it comes that time.”

See that’s a verbal offer that there will be a written offer.

db

September 29th, 2010
12:47 pm

“The 14-year olds already have football scholarship offers from UGA, UCLA and Tennessee.”

Damn Georgia, why not just hang out at the maternity wards in the local hospitals!

Michael Carvell

September 29th, 2010
1:29 pm

@Josh, thanks for your post. Yes, colleges have to wait until a prospect’s junior year to issue written offers. But they can do verbal offers much earlier.

Did you ask any of the college coaches...

September 29th, 2010
1:53 pm

…if “verbal offers” have been made to these clowns? According to their dad in the story earlier in the week the “offers” were not necessarily made, only the “commmitment” by one of the guys to UT, even LK, in that same article, is quoted as saying that the “offers” were taken out of context of the overall conversation…

David

September 29th, 2010
2:05 pm

I tell you what- I am a Falcons fan through and through… but for years I have heard about how loud it gets at Arrowhead. The Chiefs have some great fans despite some lackluster teams in recent years. I’m enjoying their success this year and will root for them as long as they aren’t playing us. Great work Eric and we wish you the best.

William Todd

September 29th, 2010
2:06 pm

Good article AJC..we are always hearing about negative things, these young (mostly A.A) players are doing….good to hear some good news. These articles dont make it to ESPN…..wonder why

Noneya

September 29th, 2010
3:53 pm

Exactly William Todd!

BullDawg Rick

September 29th, 2010
5:50 pm

Class Act.. Best to ya Eric in KC

Gabe

September 30th, 2010
2:02 pm

I am a Chiefs fan in Kansas. There was a great article on a local blog network that about him going the extra mile for some fans during training camp. I’ll include the link. If there are any Chiefs fans there then I recommend keeping an eye on Arrowheadpride.com That is where this came from. He is one hell of a kid.

http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2010/8/10/1614912/eric-berry-goes-the-extra-mile-for

old school

September 30th, 2010
8:27 pm

Good job Eric. You are a very unselfish young man, unlike the many student-athletes that came out of S. Fulton.. There is a great deal of talent in South Fulton. Look at Westlake HS and all the players who played on that state championship basketball team back in 1999. They were 33-0. Did you know that three players from that team are playing in the NFL. Also, WHS had the most players from one school at one time in the NFL. I’ve never heard of them giving back anything. All of the football/basketball coaches worked very hard with those young men during their tenure.

Now that’s sad and ungrateful.