Deron Cherry - Honoree 2001


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Deron Cherry is a Mt. Holly Pro Day inductee for 2001. 

Rutgers UniversityBorn September 12, 1959, Deron attended Palmyra High School where he was the quarterback for the football team. 

He stayed in NJ for college, playing for Rutgers University as a strong safety and punter. Deron intercepted a total of 9 passes over his three seasons, which he returned for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

In 1979, he was named the team's MVP. In 1979 and 1980, Cherry earned AP All-East honors.

ChiefsIn 1981, he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent but was released in the final teams cuts. Cherry rejoined the club as a safety, and made his first career interception against the Oakland Raiders.

Deron was one of the most successful free agents in NFL history. 

His achievements on the field include...

  • In six straight Pro Bowls (1983-88)
  • Selected to the Chiefs 25-Year All-Time team in 1987
  • Six 100-tackle seasons
  • In 148 career games, he had 927 tackles, 50 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries and three touchdowns
  • Led Chiefs in tackles four times and in interceptions on six occasions
  • Won AFC interception title in 1986 with nine
  • Won 1987 Bryon "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year award

He is actively involved in several civic organizations, including Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Project Warmth, Score 1 for Health and has hosted his Celebrity Invitational which has raised over $3 million to support the children of the Kansas City area.

Cherry is a frequent guest speaker at civic, charitable, and corporate events throughout the country. In 1995, Cherry became a limited ownership partner in one of the NFL's then-new expansion teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars, making him the first minority owner of an NFL franchise in the league's history.

Cherry is also a managing general partner with United Beverage, a local Anheuser-Busch distributor.

Congratulations to Deron Cherry for all of your many accomplishments both on and off the field!

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