The Kansas City Chiefs have announced safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Berry reported discomfort in his chest last month after a game and doctors found a mass on the right side of his chest.
"This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches," said Christopher R. Flowers, the director of the lymphoma program at Emory. "The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now."
Berry released this statement Monday through the Chiefs: "My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple weeks. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate all the words of encouragement, the blessings and well wishes. I want to thank the Emory University School of Medicine, along with Dr. Flowers and his team, for all of their hard work and effort in diagnosing and creating a plan for me to battle this thing. I will embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it. For everyone sharing similar struggles, I'm praying for you and keep fighting!"
Berry was selected by the Chiefs with the 5th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.