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Eric Berry motivated to play in AFC Championship to get to Super Bowl in his hometown Atlanta

Eric Berry, Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs revealed some good news regarding safety Eric Berry’s health for the AFC Championship Game. It appears he may have had some extra motivation to play all along.

Berry is one win away from having an opportunity to play in his hometown for Super Bowl LIII. According to ESPN’s Adam Teicher, he admits the prospect of going back to Atlanta has him hyped for the matchup against the New England Patriots:

“That puts a lot on it,” Eric Berry said. “Look at the history behind the [Lamar Hunt] Trophy and look at the organization we’re playing for. That’s great, just to be in this position and have the opportunity. You don’t get these opportunities often. This is my ninth year in the league and this is my first shot at it. I’m going to cherish every moment.”

Berry’s comments are certainly understandable. Most players only dreamed of winning a Super Bowl in their hometown as kids. He now has a very good chance to turn that dream into a reality.

Bery has largely spent the 2018 campaign battling through injury. He was able to take part in two games before having to sit out with a sore heel. He was also forced to miss last week’s AFC Divisional Round matchup versus the Indianapolis Colts. Fortunately, he was able to take part in practice all week and was officially taken off the injury report.

There is no question that having Berry back will pay huge dividends for this defense. He was not around the first time these two teams met during the regular season. It is safe to assume he will take on an integral role in trying to contain the Patriots offense this week.