MEET NFL STAR Mike Cherry
New York Giants (1997–2001)
Born to Mike and Wanda Cherry and raised in Texarkana Arkansas, Mike Jr. was the oldest of 3 siblings. Mike's dad, Mike Cherry Sr., was a longtime coach and educator at the Texarkana Arkansas High School system where he taught biology and anatomy, and coached football and basketball and baseball. As Mike entered high school he began to gain interest from college coaches while playing quarterback and punter for Arkansas High School in 1989-1991.
Mike's 1990 junior season included a 14-1 team and state runner up in the state playoffs. Mike was named to the all-state team as a punter in his junior year and all-state and all-conference for quarterback his senior year. After being highly recruited, Mike signed to attend the University of Arkansas in 1992. He redshirted in 1992 and played in 93 and 94 before transferring to Murray State University to reunite with Houston Nutt who recruited him to Arkansas.
While at Murray State University, Mike led the Racers to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference titles going 16-0 in 1995/1996 in the OVC and recording a 22-3 record those two seasons. Murray State also won the first and only division 1AA playoff game in school history in 1996. Mike was named OVC offensive player of the year and all American in 1996 while throwing for over 4500 yards and 35 TDs in his 2-year career. Mike still holds many passing records at Murray State to this day.
After his senior year, Mike was invited to play in the annual Blue/Gray game in Montgomery, AL. It was his play that week that got him invited to the NFL combine in February 1997 in Indianapolis. In April 1997, Mike was drafted pick 171/6th round of the NFL draft by the New York Football Giants. Mike was an active roster member of the 1997-2001 New York Giant football teams, with the Giants winning the NFC East in 1997 and 2000. Mike was also a member of the 2000 NFC Champion Giants that played in Super Bowl 35 against the Baltimore Ravens. Mike retired from football in 2002 after 4.5 years in the league.
Mike and his wife Lissa moved back to Texarkana in 2001 where he utilized his degree to get started in healthcare sales. He’s had a tremendous career in healthcare for the last 17 years. Mike and Lissa have 2 wonderful children, Isabella, age 14, plays softball and volleyball, and Michael III, age 7, plays baseball and basketball. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, being outdoors and watching college football. He has also started training quarterbacks in his spare time and might consider coaching when his children are grown.
Texarkana welcomes Mike Cherry Jr. to take part in the 6th annual Agent Barry Live United Bowl.