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Eric Berry, John Henderson Named to Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Class

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Former Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry. Photo By Tennessee Athletics.

With the final member of the class announced on Wednesday afternoon, the entirety of the Class of 2023 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame group has officially been revealed.

The Class of 2023 involves 12 people including two former Tennessee legends: defensive lineman John Henderson and defensive back Eric Berry.

The entirety of the 2023 class is as follows:

  • Eric Berry (Tennessee Vols Safety)
  • Keith Bulluck (Titans Linebacker)
  • Mike Fisher (Predators Captain)
  • Tim Harris (Memphis Linebacker)
  • John Henderson (Tennessee Vols D-Lineman)
  • Tianna Madison (Lady Vols Track and Olympic Gold Medalist)
  • Carl R. Moore (Bristol Motor Speedway Co-Founder)
  • Teresa Lawrence Phillips (Vanderbilt Basketball and former TSU AD)
  • Zach Randolph (Grizzlies Forward)
  • Loren Roberts (Golfer)
  • Les Robinson (ETSU Basketball Coach and AD)
  • Stephen B. Smith (MTSU Baseball)
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Eric Berry, a two-time First-Team All-American from the University of Tennessee, was the final member named to the class on Wednesday afternoon. It is the second Hall of Fame that Berry has been announced to in the year 2023.

On January 9, Berry was named a future inductee in the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame class. The Fairburn, Georgia native is the 26th Tennessee player to receive that specific honor.

“Eric earned his way into the Hall of Fame by his great ability to run, tackle, play the ball and return an interception, but even more so because of his character, work ethic, and love of the University of Tennessee and his teammates,” former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer said about Berry’s CFB HoF induction announcement.

In back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009, Eric Berry was named the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Male Amateur Athlete of the Year. Now, 14 years (a very fitting number) after receiving his second award from the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Berry is heading in as the final member of the 2023 class.

The Georgia native totaled 245 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, 14 interceptions, 31 passes defended, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in his three years in Knoxville. Berry made an impact from his first day on campus until the Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the fifth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

On Mar. 21, 2023, Nashville native and Tennessee Football legend “Big” John Henderson was named the tenth player of the 2023 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Class.

Henderson, a former graduate of Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville, attended the University of Tennessee from 1998 to 2001. “Big John” embodied the passion and spirit of Tennessee football throughout his entire career.

“That dude was a bad dude back in the day,” said former Tennessee standout Derek Barnett in 2014.

Henderson was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars as the ninth overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

According to the press release on Wednesday, “the 2023 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, presented by the Tennessee Titans, will be held Saturday, July 22nd at the Omni Nashville Downtown. Ticket information will be announced in the coming days.”

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