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Jarrod Bunch
Date of birth: August 9, 1968 (1968-08-09) (age 41)
Place of birth: Ashtabula, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
 As player:
New York Giants
Los Angeles Raiders
Playing stats at

Jarrod Ray Bunch (born August 9, 1968 in Ashtabula, Ohio) is a former American football running back 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 pursued competitive martial arts combat and then a career in acting.


High school years

Bunch 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.

College career

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 Bachelors 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.

Professional career

Bunch was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. In 1992, he was selected Giants offensive player of the year and his 4.8 yards per carry was second in the NFL. He was sometimes referred to as Barrod Bunch, a play on his last names' first letter. His career almost ended in 1994 due to debilitating injuries to his knee. After several surgeries, he attempted to continue his career in the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders but in 1995 he was forced to retire.

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.

Jarrod fought an MMA match on February 25, 2005 during a King of the Cage event. He was submitted by Michael Westbrook from a Rear Naked Choke at 4:55 of the 1st round.

He is currently an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, holding the rank of brown belt.


Acting career

To date Jarrod has appeared in lead and supporting roles in television and film. He played the young George Foreman in the HBO film, "Only in America, The Don King Story." 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.[1] He also appeared in an Episode of the ABC Show "The Forgotten"

Other filmography

  • 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


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