Je'Rod Cherry
No. 37, 30, 25     
Defensive back/strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-05-30) May 30, 1973 (age 47)
Place of birth: Charlotte, North Carolina
High School: Berkeley (Berkeley, California)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40
Debuted in 1996 for the New Orleans Saints
Last played in 2004 for the New England Patriots
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Je’Rod LePatrick Cherry (born May 30, 1973) is a retired American football safety in the National Football League who played from 1996-2004.


Born in Charlotte, North Carolina,[1] Cherry graduated from Berkeley High School at Berkeley, California in 1991 and was a standout in football and track.

He received a scholarship to play football at the University of California, Berkeley (California) where he was known for taking his shirt off in clubs, and performing a dance self termed "The J-Ro". Cherry redshirted his freshman year and played on the California Golden Bears football team from 1992 to 1995.[2] In his senior season, Cherry had 91 tackles and an interception and returned 18 kickoffs for a 21.4 yard average. For his junior and senior years, Cherry was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Pac-10 All-Academic selection.[3] With a 3.2 GPA, Cherry received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UC Berkeley in 1996 and a master of arts in education from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education in 2000.[3]

He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 1996 NFL Draft. In 2000 Cherry signed with the Oakland Raiders, then a month later he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. After his stint with the Eagles, Cherry signed with the New England Patriots, where he earned Super Bowl rings in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX as a special teams player before retiring in 2004. He is now a sports talk show host and NFL analyst for WKNR AM 850 in Cleveland.

Je'Rod Cherry is a Christian and attends Bible studies with other players.[4] Each year, Cherry goes to Heartland Community Church in Medina, Ohio where he discusses his work as a sports analyst and his spiritual journey with the congregation there.[5] In 2008, Cherry raffled off his first Super Bowl ring with the proceeds going to charity. The event raised over $200,000.[6]

This ring is currently with a collector in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, Ontario.


  1. "Je'Rod Cherry". NFL. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. Gay, Nancy (November 21, 1995). "It's Official -- Gilbertson Out at Cal". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Je'Rod Cherry". New England Patriots. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  4. Andrew Knox, Shawn Brown (2012). "Super Bowl Faith: Comments from the Players" (in English). Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 16 April 2012. "Je’Rod Cherry "We have evangelism going on within the team that definitely has an affect on what we’re doing out here today because guys are actually seeking God. Guys are here, like Don Davis, he’s an integral part of this. He holds a Bible study every Thursday and then he also helps with the chapel, and we’re growing in the Word.""
  5. [ "Meet Three-Time Super Bowl Champion Former �Mew England Patriot Je’Rod Cherry"] (in English). Heartland Community Church. 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. "Je’Rod will be speaking about his football experiences as a member of the 3-time Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, his work as a sports analyst, and also about his spiritual journey."
  6. "Je'Rod Cherry Super Bowl XXXVI Ring Raffle". Celebrities for Charities. Retrieved 2009-02-27.

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