matthewcherry_FotorEXCLUSIVE: Former NFL player Matthew Cherry has just signed with ICM Partners to be represented in all areas. Cherry left the league in 2007 to pursue a career in filmmaking. In 2012, he made his first feature film as a writer-director with The Last Fall starring Nicole Beharie and Lance Gross, which won screenwriting and directing awards at various film festivals and sold for distribution out of SXSW to Image Entertainment. Cherry was back at SXSW a few weeks ago with his low-budget feature 9 Rides.

Cherry was an all-conference wide receiver at the University of Akron before joining the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004. He retired at age 25 after a pro career that included stints with the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens.

After leaving football he started working on music videos. Working his way up from a production assistant to director, Cherry began directing some of the biggest music artists including for Michelle Williams, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, and Common. (He directed the “Say Yes” video by Williams that featured Beyoncé and Rowland, which won numerous awards).

He is managed by Blue Key Management and attorney Vaughn Gill.