Bra’Lon Cherry of North Carolina State proved to be one of the ACC’s more dangerous playmakers over the past few seasons. Scott Porter sits down with Bra’Lon Cherry to talk about the upcoming NFL draft and his experience at North Carolina State.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Bra’Lon Cherry: I would say my greatest strengths are my speed and my quickness. I have the great ability to gain separation from the defender and make a big play for my team. I am also a good punt returner and can help out on special teams.
Scott Porter: What would you say are your greatest football accomplishments?
Bra’Lon Cherry: The biggest individual accomplishment I had was being named honorable mention as a punt returner. When I first returned punts, I didn’t really like it. I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted to do, but when I got comfortable I really liked it and felt like it gave me the ability to help my team win. My teammates really depended on me back there to make plays and not make mistakes. I ended up loving punt return duties.
Scott Porter: What kind of person is an NFL team getting in Bra’Lon Cherry?
Bra’Lon Cherry: I am a laid-back person that works hard. I do the right things. I do whatever I need to do to get the job done. I don’t mind doing the dirty work and I am reliable.
Scott Porter: What was your overall experience at North Carolina State like?
Bra’Lon Cherry: It was a great experience for me. It was an amazing journey. I met a lot of people. I had a blast playing with my brothers on the team. I learned a lot and became a better person playing for North Carolina State. I always wanted to play for North Carolina State since I was a young man. I always dreamed about playing for North Carolina State so it was a great feeling being part of the program for 4 years. It was a very exciting time for me. There isn’t a thing I would go back and change. There are so many memories on the field I won’t forget. I played in a hurricane and we ended up winning that game. That is a game I will never forget.
Scott Porter: What do you like most about playing the wide receiver position?
Bra’Lon Cherry: Honestly, I think what I like most is having the ball in my hands and being able to make plays to help my team win. It’s pretty basic, but my favorite part about playing the position is scoring touchdowns and helping my team win. If it is blocking, catching or returning punts, whatever I need to do to help my team win.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Bra’Lon Cherry: I am really looking forward to challenging myself and seeing how far I can go in the NFL. I am looking forward to working hard to see how much impact I can have in the league. This has been a dream of mine since Pop Warner football. It will be a dream come true to say I played in the NFL. I plan to play in the NFL as long as I can if that leads to 4 years I will give everything I have and be satisfied that I gave everything I had. Ideally, I would love to play 12 plus years, but however many years I play I want to walk away knowing I gave everything I had.
Scott Porter: What is something about Bra’Lon Cherry that might surprise some people?
Bra’Lon Cherry: Something that might surprise a lot of people is that when I was growing up I was always around drag racing. If I wasn’t playing football I think I might be a drag car racer.
Scott Porter: What are your hobbies away from the field?
Bra’Lon Cherry: I don’t have much time away from the field. I like to relax and hang out with my friends. I don’t play video games or anything like that. I watch my friends play, but I sit back and watch. My brother and I started a clothing line so I spend a lot of time helping him out with that. I’ve been working on different designs and it has become a lot of fun for me.
Scott Porter: Your final game for North Carolina State was in the Independence bowl against Vanderbilt. You went out with a win, what did that mean to you to win your final game?
Bra’Lon Cherry: It meant a lot to win that game. We went through a tough season. We lost several close games this year where we lost by 3 points or less. We played a lot of top teams close but fell short. It was nice ending my career with a bowl win against a good SEC squad. A lot of people claim SEC is the toughest conference in the nation so it was nice to win that game and give the ACC a little respect. I felt I played a good game and it was a great way for me to go out. I appreciate all the players I have ever played with and all of the underclassmen who helped us Senior go out with a W. It was a great moment playing with my brothers for the last time and celebrating in the locker room together for the last time.