Jarrod Bunch

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Jarrod Bunch
No. 32 (Michigan), 33 (New York)
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-08-09) August 9, 1968 (age 47)
Place of birth: Ashtabula, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL draft: 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 1999
Rushing yards: 629
Rushing average: 4.6
Touchdowns: 7
Stats at NFL.com

Jarrod Ray Bunch (born August 9, 1968) is a former American football player and actor. He played college football as a fullback for the University of Michigan from 1987 to 1990. He played professional football as a fullback in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants from 1991 to 1993 and the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994. After retiring from football, Bunch pursued a career in acting.

Early years[edit]

Bunch was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1968.[1] At age five, he lost the fourth toe on his right foot in an accident involving a lawnmower.[2] Bunch attended Ashtabula High School,[1] where he was a star football player and set high school records in pole vault and discus. 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.[citation needed]

University of Michigan[edit]

Bunch enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1986 and played college football as a fullback for the Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1987 to 1990.[3] He came to Michigan intent on playing tailback, but with Jamie Morris securing that spot, Bunch was converted to the fullback position.[2] Bunch started nine games at fullback in 1987,[4] five games in 1988,[5] five games in 1989,[6] and 10 games in 1990.[7] He also served as captain of the 1990 team that compiled 9-3 record, defeated Ole Miss in the 1991 Gator Bowl and finished the season ranked #7 in the final AP Poll.[7] In four years at Michigan, Bunch gained 1,346 rushing yards on 311 carries with eight rushing touchdowns.[8] He also caught 30 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns.[8]

Bunch graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management and Communications and used the fifth year of his football scholarship to attend graduate school.[citation needed]

Professional football[edit]

Bunch was selected by the New York Giants in the first round (27th overall pick) of the 1991 NFL Draft.[1] As a rookie, Bunch appeared in 16 games, mostly on special teams,[9] and he was limited to one rushing attempt for no gain and two catches for eight yards.[1] He became a starter during the 1992 NFL season, starting 13 games at fullback while gaining 501 rushing yards, catching 11 passes for 50 yards, and scoring four touchdowns.[1] His average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt in 1992 ranked second in the NFL.[1] In 1993, Bunch sustained a knee injury in the first week of training camp.[9] During the 1993 season, Bunch started 13 games, but was used only sporadically in new head coach Dan Reeves' offensive scheme.[9] Bunch was limited to 128 rushing yards (3.9 yards per carry), 98 rushing yards, and three touchdowns.[1] He did not carry the ball in an NFL game after the 1993 season.[9]

Bunch underwent surgeries on his knees and feet during the off-season before the 1994 NFL season.[9] He was cut by the Giants in the final round of cuts before the start of the regular season. Two weeks later, he signed with the Los Angeles Raiders as a replacement for Napoleon McCallum.[10][11] However, he appeared in only three games for the Raiders, none as a starter, and had no rushing attempts or receptions.[1] He was waived by the Raiders in October 1994, marking the end of his NFL playing career.[9]

Later years[edit]

After his playing career ended, Bunch pursued a career as an actor.[9] He moved to Los Angeles in 2002.[12] His acting credits include the role of the young George Foreman in the HBO film, Don King: Only in America.[9] He has also had roles in the television series CSI Miami, Rizzoli & Isles, and Entourage. He also appeared in "Django Unchained" and has appeared in more than 30 national commercials.[12]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jarrod Bunch". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Fullback Jarrod gives Blue Bunch of options". The Michigan Daily. November 4, 1987. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ "1987 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "1988 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ "1989 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "1990 Michigan Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved April 2, 2015. (to retrieve Bunch's statistics, enter "bunch" in the box for the player's last name)
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h John Branch (April 29, 2006). "Never a Featured Back, Not Yet on the Marquee". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ "Raiders look to ex-Giant Bunch". The Day. September 15, 1994. p. C4. 
  11. ^ "Raiders sign fullback Bunch". Lodi News-Sentinel. September 15, 1994. p. 15. 
  12. ^ a b "About Me". jarrodbunch.com. Jarrod Bunch. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 

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