In November 2007, Cherry underwent surgery to implant an electronic defibrillator that can shock his heart back to a normal rhythm in case it stops beating.
Today, Cherry serves as an assistant coach for his former high school's football team.
"I like it a lot," Cherry said. "It keeps me around the game."
Magalski believes Cherry's story is a perfect example of how prescreening college athletes would be successful in saving young lives across the country.
"I think we've shown that at least in a college situation ... that doing this kind of screening can be done and is pretty successful," Magalski said.