Name: Deron Cherry
How Acquired: Free Agent (1981)
Career: 1981 – 1991
Birth Date: September 12, 1959
Employer: United Beverage
Deron was a strong safety and punter at Rutgers. In 1979, he was named the team’s MVP. In 1979 and 1980, Deron earned AP All-East honors. In 1981, he signed as a free agent punter, but was released in the final cutdown. Deron rejoined the club in late September as a safety and made his first interception in October against the Raiders.
Regarded as one of the finest free safeties to have ever played the game, Deron participated in six Pro-Bowl Games, starting in five of them. Only one other Chiefs player, Willie Lanier, has been selected to this number of Pro-Bowls. Deron’s individual achievements and records are numerous. He had six 100 tackle seasons in his eleven years as a member of the Chiefs. He ranks third on the Chiefs list of most interceptions and is only the 26th player in the history of the NFL to reach the 50 interception plateau. Deron’s 15 career fumble recoveries place him in a three-way tie for the Chiefs record. In 1987, he was selected to the Chiefs 25 Year All-Time Team.
Deron’s achievements off the field are equally as impressive. In 1988, he won the Byron White Humanitarian Award for service to his team, community and country. Prior to receiving this award, he was the Chiefs NFL Man of the Year selection in 1987. This is the most prestigious award given by the NFL Players Association. He is actively involved in several civic organizations. Was named to the Jackson County Sports Authority Commission in 2007. Also reappointed to Environmental Improvement Energy Resources Authority by the Governor of Missouri. Deron is a frequent guest speaker at civic, charitable and corporate events throughout the country.
In 1995, Deron became a limited ownership partner in one of the NFL’s new expansion teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has been very pleased with the team’s success since entering the National Football League just a few years ago. Deron is also a managing general partner with United Beverage, a local Anheuser Busch distributorship.