My Career Change: Jerod Cherry’s Career After the NFL

When a professional athlete’s playing days are over, many do not realize that athlete’s career in another field is often just beginning. As part of VIKTRE’s dedication to drive interaction between athletes and their fans, our Career team made it a priority to show how successful many athletes have been since their playing days ended in a feature called “My Career Change.”

In this installment of “My Career Change,” we interviewed former NFL defensive back and Super Bowl Champion, Jerod Cherry. Most know Cherry from his collegiate days at the University of California, and his professional days in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.

What sport did you play?

Football

What teams did you play for?Jerod Cherry in Studio

University of California (1991 – 1995)
New Orleans Saints (1996 – 1999)
Philadelphia Eagles (2000 – 2001)
New England Patriots (2001 – 2004)

What industry did you change careers to?

Financial Services and Broadcasting

How did you get into your new career?

I got into my new career by participating in an internship while I was still playing in the NFL. I started my broadcasting career while still working as a financial advisor.

What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?

The biggest challenge I faced was having my colleagues and audience see me as more than just an athlete.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your new career?

My biggest accomplishment is that I have made my station on the air and off the air a better work environment.

What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?

Plan. Although your sport may presently be your main source of income, in regard to your career choices don’t be a one move pass rusher or a one pitch pitcher. It is imperative that you have other pursuits and interests to transition to once your playing days are over. If your identity is only your sport then who and what will you be once you are told that your playing days are over?

How to listen to/follow Jerod?

You can listen to Jerod on the web at ESPN.com/Cleveland or ESPN 850 (AM) if you are local to the Cleveland area. You can follow Jerod on Twitter @JRCherry3.

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