Eric Berry discusses generous act to homeless caught on video (vid)
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry attempted to downplay a video that has gone viral showing him buying meals for and praying with homeless people, saying, “It’s nothing new.”
Berry was back in his college town of Knoxville, Tenn., over the weekend to speak at a sports awards banquet when a couple recognized him and began to record video. It shows Berry ordering food to-go at a restaurant and then distributing the meals to three homeless people on the street outside.
“It’s nothing new,” Berry, the Chiefs’ nominee for NFL Man of the Year in 2015, said after Tuesday’s practice, via ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “It’s just something I learned from my parents. They always talk about how blessed you are and always taking other people into consideration. That’s just it, not always thinking about yourself, trying to put somebody else before you. That’s just something I’ve always done.
“I just happened to see them, just asked them if they were hungry and if they wanted something to eat. I asked them what they wanted, got it and brought it back. The dude, one of the guys, asked me to pray for him, so I just prayed for him.”
Berry admitted he doesn’t know how many meals he has purchased for homeless people over the years and that he doesn’t expect accolades for doing so.
“I don’t do it for the attention,” Berry said. “I do it to better myself and just give back. That’s what you should do it for. If somebody looks at it and is like, ‘Hey, maybe I should help feed a homeless person today’ or something like that, it’s cool.
“I just feel like that’s what you’re supposed to do when you’ve got the chance.”
Berry obviously deserves an enormous amount of praise for his thoughtful and touching acts. As a lymphoma survivor, he undoubtedly recognizes the preciousness of life, especially when it involves those who are dealing with heartbreaking and difficult circumstances.