Berry with the Lions in 2011
No. -- Free agent
|Date of birth:June 25, 1988|
|Place of birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania|
|High school: Harrisburg (PA) McDevitt|
|Undrafted in 2010|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Detroit Lions|
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Aaron Douglas Berry, Jr. (born June 25, 1988) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Pittsburgh. Berry has also played for the New York Jets.
His career at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 started off as being a key contributor to special teams as well as a reserve cornerback. He played in all 12 games and recorded his first two tackles and two pass breakups in a game against UCF. As a true sophomore in 2007 again Aaron was seen as a player that needed to be on the field playing in all 12 games and starting the last 9 games of the season. Throughout the season, Berry recorded 19 tackles and a team-high of two interceptions and tied for second on the team with five PBUs. One of his best performances on special teams and in the secondary was in the win against Syracuse. He averaged 17.7 yards on six punt returns and his 53-yard return at the end of the third quarter put Pitt at the Orange 13. After his teammate scored on a one-yard TD to give Pitt the lead for good at CB, Berry had four tackles and broke up three passes including Syracuse’s desperation pass to the Pitt 5 with one second left. Along with this game, Aaron had impressive performances against Cincinnati, where he intercepted a deep ball at the Pitt 17 with 2:58 left as well as two key tackles and a four-yard sack at Michigan State.
As a junior in 2008, Aaron was named All-Big East second team. He accumulated 41 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, a team-high of 10 PBUs and 76 yards on 14 punt returns (5.4 avg). One of his three interceptions came in the Sun Bowl vs. Oregon State and matched his career high of three PBUs. He had one pick in the Rutgers game and another against Connecticut that he ran back for 52 yards. In the 2008 game against Notre Dame, Berry had a career high nine tackles and followed it up the next game with 7 vs. Iowa. With only a few more games left in the season, Aaron had a four-yard sack against Buffalo, a season-long punt return for 24-years vs. Syracuse, and three PBUs against Louisville.
For his senior year, Aaron earned national attention for his punt return game and strong ball skills to compliment his tackling ability. Aaron was named All-American and was a Jim Thorpe Award candidate due to his pass coverage and run support. While struggling with a shoulder injury, Aaron had a combined total of 31 tackles with 25 solo and 6 assisted tackles. He had one interception his senior year and returned it for 14 yards.
Coming out of college, Berry ran a 4.49 and impressed teams by his hard-charging defensive demeanor that is always looking to get to the ball. Although under-sized, Berry plays a big game and effectively reads receivers and positions himself well against opponents
In 2010, He was signed by the Lions as an undrafted free agent. He was cut by the Lions in 2012 on July 23. Though Berry was not with any team as of August 20, 2012, he was still suspended for 3 games. If any team were to sign him, he would not be available until Week 4.
New York Jets
Berry signed a two-year contract with the New York Jets on October 1, 2012. During his first season with the Jets, Berry played in seven games and contributed two tackles. He was placed on injured reserve on December 27, 2012.
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