Former Tennessee safety Eric Berry is officially up for the College Football Hall of Fame. The former Kansas City Chief is one of three Volunteers nominated for the 2022 class.
Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel also landed on the ballot.
.@roywilliams31 and @coachjoshheupel were named to the 2022 @cfbhall ballot today.— Capital One Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) June 2, 2021
The @OU_Football legends helped lead the Sooners to a National Championship in the 2001 Orange Bowl pic.twitter.com/36ybcyY9gE
Berry was a two-time All American during his time as a Volunteer. He won the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award, which recognized him as the top defensive back in college football. He went on to become the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, landing with Kansas City.
Berry went on to earn five Pro Bowl selections along with three All-Pro selections. He battled back from a Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis in 2014, returning to the field in 2015 and earning the NFL’s comeback player of the year award.
At Tennessee, Berry racked up 241 tackles and 14 career interceptions, establishing himself as one of the all-time greats.
The 2022 ballot includes 78 players and seven coaches from the college football landscape. It also includes 99 players and 33 coaches from the lower divisions. The announcement for the 2022 class will be made early next year, with the recipients officially being inducted on December 6th, 2022.