Don Cherry (American football)
|No. 48 Philadelphia Eagles|
|Date of birth:||September 27, 1994|
|Place of birth:||Trumbull, Connecticut|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school:||Trumbull (CT)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Roster status:||Practice squad|
|Career NFL statistics|
Cherry concluded his college career as a three-time all-conference selection, becoming one of only six linebackers to do so under Wildcats head coach Andy Talley. The Trumbull, CT, native totaled 331 tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 46 games at Villanova.
Cherry earned second-team STATS FCS All-America honors and first-team All-CAA accolades as a senior in 2015 after registering 88 tackles, a team-leading 12.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 11 starts. He tied for fourth in the CAA in tackles for loss and ranked ninth in total tackles. Cherry also contributed to a defense in 2015 that ranked second in the league in total defense (309.1 yards per game) and pass defense (171.4 yards per game), and third in scoring defense (18.4 points per game).
As a junior in 2014, Cherry garnered first-team All-America honors from the Sports Network, Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation, while also being recognized as an All-CAA first-team honoree, a Capital One second-team Academic All-American and as the CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year. He started all 14 games and racked up team and career-highs of 134 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles. His 134 tackles stands as the fifth- best single-season mark in school history.
Cherry was also honored as a second-team All-CAA selection, as well as a CAA All-Academic choice in 2013 when he led the team with 99 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss, while adding one sack.
Cherry signed a rookie free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. He was released on September 3, 2016 and was signed to the practice squad. He was released on October 7 and re-signed on October 11. He was released on October 14, 2016 and re-signed again on October 18, 2016.