Royce Berry

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Royce Berry
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1946-04-19) April 19, 1946 (age 73)
Odessa, Texas, United States
Career information
College:Houston
NFL Draft:1969 / Round: 7 / Pick: 161
Career history

Royce Berry (born April 19, 1946) is an American former defensive end in the American Football League (AFL) in 1969 and in the National Football League (NFL) from 1970 to 1976.

Early life[edit]

Berry grew up in Odessa, Texas, and played football at Permian High School.[1] He was also on the 1964 basketball team,the first in program history to win the district championship, as well as the baseball team.[2][3]

Berry played college football for the Houston in 1965, 1966 and in 1968. He missed the 1967 season due to injury.[4][5]

NFL career[edit]

He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round (161st overall) of the 1969 AFL/NFL Common Draft.[6] In his rookie season of 1970, he was a backup defensive lineman, playing 13 games, most notably the first-ever Bengals-Cleveland Browns matchup in which Berry scooped up a fumble and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown.[7]

He became a starter in 1970, missing only one start between 1970 and 1973 at left defensive end as part of a formidable line along with Mike Reid, Steve Chomyszak and Ron Carpenter.[8]

In 1974, he played in 13 games, starting one. He was on injured reserve with a broken wrist and did not see action for the Bengals in 1975.[9] Berry served as defensive captain for six seasons.[10]

In May, 1976, Berry was traded to the Chicago Bears.[10] Berry returned for one more NFL season, his eighth, in 1976 with the Chicago Bears, for whom he played in 12 games, starting two.[11] He was waived by the Bears just prior to the 1977 season.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Permian High School - Panther Yearbook (Odessa, TX), Class of 1964, Page 214". E-yearbook.com. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  2. ^ "The Permian Baseball Annual - 1963". Mojobaseball.com. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  3. ^ "BOYS BASKETBALL: Thomas feeds Panthers, then feeds himself in win against Bronchos - Odessa American: Boys". Oaoa.com. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-01-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Cougar Cards: 1970 Topps #86 Royce Berry". Cougarcards.blogspot.com. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  6. ^ "Royce Berry NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  7. ^ "Cleveland Browns defeat Cincinnati Bengals and Paul Brown in first meeting: This Day in Browns History". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-01-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "The Charleston Daily Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 23". Newspapers.com. 1975-09-03. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  10. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2015-06-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Royce Berry NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2015-06-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)