Eric Berry lives his dream, helps Chiefs stay undefeated, with Michael Vick pick-six
The Kansas City Chiefs have already exceeded their 2012 win total and have a 3-0 record after their 26-16 Thursday night win over the Philadelphia Eagles. One of the main reasons for the Chiefs’ hot start is the simple fact that they don’t make mistakes — they’re the first NFL team since the 1998 New England Patriots to go through their first three games of the season without a turnover. However, they’ve been very opportunistic when it comes to taking the ball away from their opponents — Kansas City has caused nine turnovers this season, including five on Thursday.
The most impressive of those turnovers was the pick-six that Chiefs safety Eric Berry took from Michael Vick with 11:12 left in the first quarter. Vick was trying to hit tight end Brent Celek with a quick stick route, but linebacker Derrick Johnson read the play perfectly and tipped the pass to Berry, who ran 38 yards for the score.
And as it turns out, Berry’s pick of Vick was a dream come true. When asked earlier this week on the NFL Network which quarterback he’d most like to intercept, Berry knew exactly who.
“Michael Vick,” Berry said. “I think that would be a big statement, a big deal for me, because I grew up watching him in Atlanta. He was a lot of people’s idol back home, so I definitely feel like that would be something special.”
Selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Berry has become one of the game’s best safeties. He had picked off five passes before this one in his NFL career (and very nearly has a second pick in this game), but a pick-six from the guy you watched with fascination as a kid? It doesn’t get much better than that — especially when it keeps you undefeated.