KNOXVILLE, TN (WBIR) -
When the Volunteers take on Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon, the players will wear a special helmet sticker honoring former University of Tennessee player Eric Berry.
Berry, now with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, is facing a possible lymphoma diagnosis. Lymphoma is a blood disorder.
He is undergoing further testing at Emory University in Atlanta to find out if he has cancer.
UT Head Coach Butch Jones tweeted out a picture of the sticker that says "29 Strong VFL" on it and announced the team will be wearing them on their helmet's Saturday.
Berry released a statement on the diagnosis Monday afternoon:
"I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom. At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent. I have great confidence in the doctors and the plan they are going to put in place for me to win this fight. I believe that I am in God's hands and I have great peace in that. I know my coaches and teammates will hold things down here the rest of the season and until I am back running out of the tunnel at Arrowhead. I am so thankful and appreciative of being a part of this franchise and playing in front of the best fans in the NFL. I will be back!"
Berry played football for the Tennessee Volunteers from 2007 - 2009. His twin brothers, Evan and Elliot Berry, are current members of the Vol football team.
Monday, August 21 2017 2:11 AM EDT2017-08-21 06:11:50 GMT
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