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Top performances of former SEC stars in NFL Week 13

Eric Berry Kansas City Chiefs
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Eric Berry had a homecoming to remember Sunday.

The former Tennessee Volunteers and current Kansas City Chiefs safety scored twice on interceptions – once on a 37-yard return for a touchdown and another on a two-point conversion attempt – in a 29-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

For Berry, it was his first game in Atlanta since receiving chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the city two years ago. He is a native of Fairburn, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb.

Last season, after returning to the Chiefs lineup cancer free, Berry was named NFL Comeback of the Year for his performance on the field.

“I shed a few tears before the game, I shed a few during the game and I shed a few after,” Berry told reporters after the game.

With the eight points scored on Sunday, Berry became the first player in NFL history to return interceptions for a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the same game.

The touchdown came on a 37-yard return just before halftime to give the Chiefs a 20-13 lead, while the two-point return proved to be the game winner. After the Falcons regained the lead at 28-27 with 4:32 to go, Berry returned the ensuing two-point try 98 yards the other way.

Berry’s play this season is one reason why the Chiefs currently are 9-3 and battling for the AFC West division title.

Berry was selected by the Chiefs with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft after a three-year career at Tennessee. He was a unanimous All-American in both 2008 and 2009.

Berry’s performance was one of many for former SEC standouts in the NFL during Week 13. Here’s a look at some others:

Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings defensive end: Hunter, a former third-round pick out of LSU in 2015, had six tackles and two sacks in the Vikings 17-15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.

Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears outside linebacker: Floyd, a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft out of Georgia, had four tackles and two quarterback sacks in the Bears’ 26-6 over the San Francisco 49ers.

Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins wide receiver: Landry led the Dolphins with 11 catches for 87 yards in a 38-6 loss to Baltimore. Landry was a second-round pick out of LSU in 2014.

Brandon LeFell, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver: LeFell, a former third-round pick out of LSU in 2010, had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 32-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots wide receiver: Mitchell had eight catches for 82 yards in the Patriots 26-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Mitchell was a fourth-round pick out of Georgia this year.

Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles Rams linebacker: Ogletree, a former first rounder from Georgia, had 13 tackles in the 26-10 loss to New England.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions quarterback: The former Georgia signal caller threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns as Detroit beat New Orleans, 28-13.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver: Jones, a former top-10 draft pick in 2011, had seven catches for 113 yards as Atlanta lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 29-28.

Ramik Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker: Wilson had nine tackles in Kansas City’s 29-28 win over Atlanta. Wilson was a fourth-round pick in 2015 out of Georgia.

Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants wide receiver: The former LSU first-round pick in 2014 caught 10 passes for 100 yards. The Giants lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-14.

Vernon Hargreaves III, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback: The rookie first-round pick from Florida had seven tackles in Tampa Bay’s 28-21 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker: Alexander, a fourth-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2015, had seven tackles in the Buccaneers’ 28-21 win over San Diego.

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