I completely forgot Eric Berry left the University of Tennessee a year early.
I was reading about his involvement in his defensive back skills camp this week and the story noted Berry leaving UT early and I had completely forgotten that (embarrassingly, I actually looked it up to make sure). That's because Berry's rookie season wasn't what you would think for a 21-year old. He was picked very high in the draft, didn't have many bumps in the road, played very well and made the Pro Bowl -- all on a playoff team.
But Berry did leave school early and, interestingly enough, he does wonder about that decision sometimes. This according to Berry's conversation with reporters in Knoxville this week.
"I mean, the decision I made, I'm happy with it. But at the same time, I still have that thought in the back of my mind, like, ‘What if I would have stayed and played my last year?' That always runs through the back of my mind . . . I loved playing for the University of Tennessee and I love playing for the Chiefs, so it was a win-win situation. But at the same time, it's kind of bittersweet."
Clearly, he made the right decision. A safety getting picked in the top five requires a perfect storm of sorts and that's what the Chiefs offered and Berry has responded as well as anyone could.
So, the decision to leave early? I'd say it was a good one.