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Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry (29) is seen on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – The Kansas City Chiefs continue making major changes to their roster, and said goodbye to safety Eric Berry on Wednesday.

Berry, a five-time Pro Bowler with Kansas City, started 87 games for in nine seasons. The Chiefs took him out of Tennessee in the 2010 NFL draft with the fifth overall pick.

He made headlines across the country in 2014 when he had to step away from football to fight Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After rejoining the team in September of 2015, Berry earned the AP’s Comeback Player of the Year award and his teammates voted him to win the Derrick Thomas Award as the team’s MVP.

When healthy, Berry was a game-changing player, but the man who defeated cancer had been sidelined for almost two straight years by an ankle injury.

He was able to make his return towards the end of last season, only to be sidelined by more ankle pain, and suddenly the safety was a $78 million burden.

Despite the love Chiefs fans, cancer patients and cancer survivors feel towards Berry, the organization felt the right football move was to cut ties.

“On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I want to thank Eric for his many contributions to the Chiefs over the last nine seasons,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement.

“Seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable,” head coach Andy Reid added. “He’s a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward.”

Fans and teammates were quick to show support for Berry.

The release is just the latest in a number changes to the defensive side of the ball. Llinebackers Justin Houston and Dee Ford will be gone, but Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu will be added to the secondary.

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