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|Date of birth:August 9, 1968|
|Place of birth: Ashtabula, Ohio|
|NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27|
|Debuted in 1991 for the New York Giants|
|Last played in 1994 for the Los Angeles Raiders|
Career NFL statistics as of 1999
Jarrod Ray Bunch (born August 9, 1968) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants from 1991 to 1993 and the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994. After retiring from football, Bunch began training martial arts to overcome his injuries that had forced him to retire, and went to acting school in New York, where he started his career in acting.
High school years
Bunch was born in Ashtabula, Ohio. He attended Ashtabula High School, where he was a star football player, set high school records in pole vault and discus and he was a good student. He became the first student from the school to be awarded a scholarship to attend a Division I college for football, as well as the first to go to the NFL.
At the University of Michigan, Jarrod continued to carve his path to athletic stardom. And while the accolades for his powers on the football field kept coming in, Jarrod remained focused on accomplishing his academic goals. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management and Communications and used the fifth year of his football scholarship to attend Graduate School, and was chosen team captain that same year.
Bunch was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. In his second year he was named New York Giants' Offensive Player of the Year, when he was tied for second in the NFL with 4.8 yards per carry. He suffered a debilitating knee injury; after several surgeries, he attempted to continue his career in the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders but was forced to retire in 1995.
After The NFL
Jarrod became involved in a variety of fields in the media. He enrolled in The Actors Institute a prestigious acting school in New York City and trained with private coaches; in addition to his thespian pursuits, he was a color commentator for high school and college football for Comcast Network and a model for “Casual Male Big and Tall”. Jarrod fought in the “Tough Bowl” (tough-man for NFL players) 2002 and won by a TKO and has also competed in mixed martial arts competitions.
He is currently an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a multiple World,US Nationals, US Open, and Pan American Jiu Jitsu Champion holding the rank of black belt.
To date Jarrod has appeared in lead and supporting roles in television and film. He played the young George Foreman in the HBO film, Don King: Only in America. The movie won multiple awards including the Emmy for best original film made for television. Bunch has also been involved in several commercials; one of the more notable ones being for Snickers, where he plays a boxer with large ears, presumably about to fight Mike Tyson. He also appeared in an Episode of the ABC Show "The Forgotten"
- Reach Me (2014)
- Django Unchained (2012)
- Rizzoli & Isles - "I Kissed a Girl" (2010) TV Episode
- The Forgotten - "Football John" (2010) TV Episode
- Once Fallen (2010)
- Doozers (2010)
- Stileto (2009)
- Good Time Max (2006)
- The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2006)
- Entourage - "What About Bob?" (2006) TV Episode
- Two for the Money (2005)
- ER - Refusal of Care (2005) TV Episode
- JAG - "This Just in from Baghdad" (2004) TV Episode
- The Kings of Brooklyn (2004)
- 100 Centre Street - "Daughters" (2001) - "Let's Make a Night of It" (2001) TV Episodes
- Way Off Broadway (2001)
- Chosen' (2001)
- The Dancer' (2000)
- The Last Supper (2000)
- Third Watch - "Patterns" (1999) TV Episode
- The Best Man (1999)
- After Hours Happy Hour (1999)
- 18 Shades of Dust (1999)
- New York Undercover - "Catharsis" (1998) TV Episode
- Jarrod Bunch at the Internet Movie Database
- Jarrod Bunch at AllMovie
- "Jarrod Bunch” Official homepage
- "King of the Cage"
- "University of Michigan Football Co-Captain"