Jarrod Ray Bunch (born August 9, 1968) is a former American football player and actor, as well as the head coach of the Beverly Hills High School football team. He played college football for the University of Michigan from 1986 to 1990. He was the number 1 pick for the New York Giants (27th overall) in the 1991 NFL Draft. Jarrod was named New York Giants Offensive Player of the year in 1992. In the 1993 training camp Jarrod sustained a knee injury that tore ligaments in his knee that sidelined him for seven weeks, upon his return his ability to play was greatly affected. After multiple surgeries in the offseason, he tried to recover his high level of play, however his contract with the Giants was terminated after he failed a physical examination before the start of 1994 season. He signed with Los Angeles Raiders two weeks later. Jarrod retired from football in 1995, and has kept himself very busy in entertainment and other activities. To aid in overcoming his injuries, he began studying martial arts, and is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He owns Bunch Time Production, a boutique production house that produces, commercials, web content, documentaries. He along with his wife Robin Emtage live in Beverly Hills California.
University of Michigan
Bunch played college football as a fullback for the Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1987 to 1990. He was 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. In four years at Michigan, Bunch gained 1,346 rushing yards on 311 carries with eight rushing touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns.
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.
Bunch was selected by the New York Giants in the first round (27th overall pick) of the 1991 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Bunch appeared in 16 games. During the 1992 NFL season Bunch starting 13 games at fullback while gaining 501 rushing yards, catching 11 passes for 50 yards, and scoring four touchdowns. His average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt in 1992 ranked second in the NFL. In 1993, Bunch sustained a knee injury in the first week of training camp. During the 1993 season, Bunch started 13 games, but was used only sporadically in new head coach Dan Reeves’ offensive scheme.
Bunch underwent surgeries on his knees and feet during the off-season before the 1994 NFL season. Bunch was released by the Giants and signed with the Los Angeles Raiders. However, his injuries continued to be a problem and he ended his NFL playing career in 1994.
On May 18, 2018, Bunch was introduced as the head coach of the Beverly Hills High School football team.
After his playing career ended, Bunch has been in entertainment as an actor and producer. He has his own production company Bunch Time Productions. His acting credits include the role of the young George Foreman in the Emmy award winning HBO film,”Don King: Only in America”. He has also appeared as a guest star in many television series, “The Forgotten” “ER”, CSI Miami, Rizzoli & Isles, Entourage and others…. He appears in Quentin Tarantino.s “Django Unchained” and is a principal actor in more than 100 national commercials.