Chiefs Hall of Honor

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Deron Cherry

Deron Cherry

SS

1981-1991

Born: September 12, 1959 (Palmyra, NJ)

College: Rutgers

Drafted: Undrafted free agent, 1981

Career Highlights:

  • AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, 1983-88
  • All-AFC, 1983-89
  • All-Pro, 1983-86, 1988
  • Chiefs MVP, 1988
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 1996

An undrafted free agent signed by the Chiefs as a punter in 1981, Cherry was so disappointing in a minicamp that coach Marv Levy called him into his office and told him there was no point in Cherry coming back for training camp. But Cherry protested that he had also played some defensive back in college and implored Levy for one more look. Levy relented and eleven seasons later Cherry retired after a storied career as one of the great defensive backs In Chiefs history, a five time All-Pro who earned six trips to the Pro Bowl, made 50 interceptions, and recovered 14 fumbles. Whether ranging deep in the Chiefs secondary to foil opposing quarterbacks or moving close to the line of scrimmage to provide stalwart run support, Cherry was a team leader on the field and in the community. “When nobody thinks you have a chance to play because you’re not big enough or strong enough or talented enough, it is tough,” said Cherry. “But I’ve never yet seen a test that measures the size of a person’s heart – or the belief that you can accomplish anything you set out to accomplish.”

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