The Kansas City Chiefs released longtime safety Eric Berry and LB Justin Houston in March. Given their importance for so many years at Arrowhead, you would think that the franchise wouldn't be so quick to remove their memory.
Well, if the latest report says anything, it's that the league can often have a cold heart for even the most valuable players.
Kendall Fuller is the recipient of Berry's No. 29, his number with the Washington Redskins from 2016-2017.
To say that this is a slap in the face to Berry is an understatement. The ninth-year safety played his heart out every time he saw the field, but it was off the field where he really showed his courage, battling Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014 and 2015.
His former college team has taken notice. The No. 29 meant something special in Knoxville.
Nice gesture by Vols today. Tennessee honors former All-American Eric Berry by placing his number on their helmets. pic.twitter.com/PlTYlBsR08— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 29, 2014
As for Houston, the former Georgia Bulldog spent eight seasons in KC before taking his talents to Indianapolis when they cut him in March. Houston's No. 50 has also already been given to a new arrival.
We have acquired LB Darron Lee via trade with the Jets in exchange for a 6th round pick in 2020. pic.twitter.com/SNWD71dRVo— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) May 16, 2019
For two players who have meant so much to the organization, it's surprising they'd choose to move on so quickly, without any sort of buffer. Odds are you'll see more Berry and Houston jerseys at Arrowhead on Sundays this fall than Kendall Fuller and Darron Lee garb, but that's just us.