Jerry started the Wunsch Family Foundation in 2001, a non-profit organization which provides children with cancer emotional, motivational, and memorable experiences through supportive and empowering opportunities. Each winter the Circle of Friends Foundation sponsors pediatric cancer patients from the Tampa Bay area, and other parts of the country, to spend 5 motivational days in Jerry's hometown of Wausau, WI. Here they have the opportunity to experience new and exciting activities that provide them with confidence, and strengthen their self-esteem. Every other year the Circle of Friends host the re-join “circle of friends” at a Summer Reunion that is held on St. Pete Beach.
71 - JERRY WUNSCHRT Tackle
NFL: 6th Year
Pro: Established himself at the right tackle position after earning the starting nod with the Buccaneers in 1999, a Solid run blocker who pass blocks equally well. Has shown great durability, and retired from the NFL in 2008 after registering 8 years in the game of football.
2002-2005: Released by the Buccaneers in the 3rd week of training camp. Picked up by the Seattle Seahawks in 2002, where he played the right side of the line at OT/OG.
1997-2001: Drafted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round (37th overall) in 1997. Started all 16 games each season, and two playoff contests at RT in 2000 and 2001. Helped QB Brad Johnson establish four single-season records, including best completion percentage (60.8%) and most pass completions (340). Part of offensive line that blocked for Pro Bowl FB Mike Alstott, who rushed for a career-high 10 TDs. Played role in allowing WR Keyshawn Johnson to set a club single-season mark with 106 receptions.
College: University of Wisconsin where Jerry helped four different Badger running backs crack the 1,000-yard barrier during his college tenure. Started final 36 collegiate games at RT, and was redshirted in 1992. As a senior, earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after starting every game at RT, and was a second-team All-America selection by Football News, and chosen as team’s offensive captain. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history.
Jerry resides in Indian Rocks with sons Collin, Cade, & daughter Caylee. Jerry enjoys sports in general and lists fishing and hunting among his favorite activities. Jerry started the Wunsch Family Foundation in 2001.
As a prep at West High School in Wassau, Wisconsin, was named to Parade’s All-America squad and was an honorable mention to the team chosen by USA Today, also twice chosen the team’s Most Valuable Lineman and was the squad’s captain during senior campaign. Also lettered in basketball, averaging double figures in points and rebounds. Jerry's full name is Gerald Wunsch, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.