At a Glance
Jerry Wunsch is a former offensive guard and offensive tackle who played eight seasons in the National Football League from 1997-2004. He played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks. In 2001 he started a non-profit organization dedicated to giving children diagnosed with cancer a real winter experience. He has three children, Collin, Cade and daughter, Caylee.
When Wisconsin native Jerry Wunsch started playing professional football in sunny Tampa, he started working on a program to take 20 kids who were battling cancer to see snow for the first time in his native Wisconsin. After an incredible experience with the kids on that first trip, he has taken the group, now called the Wunsch Family Foundation Circle of Friends, up North every winter. Not only is Jerry making an impact on the kids in his program, he has also been blessed with three children of his own – Collin, Cade and Caylee. Seeing his children born was “the most amazing thing I have ever seen. It reaffirmed my belief in God.” While every birth was special, the day Cade was born was the day Coach Tony Dungy, who Jerry admires deeply, was released by the Buccaneers. “I cried twice in one day – first at Cade’s birth and again saying good bye to Tony.” When it comes to parenting, Jerry has always been focused on being a good dad. His father Jerry Sr. spent a lot of time teaching him life lessons while fishing, especially about respecting others and finishing what you start.
Jerry shares that he was so excited about becoming a father, that at the Rookie Combines, when asked what he wanted to accomplish in life, he answered, “I want to be a good father.” He is raising his kids in a Godly home, and makes sure they have family night on a consistent basis - complete with an air mattress, popcorn, pizza and a movie. Jerry continues to impact young people in the Tampa Bay community, coaching football at Indian Rocks Christian School, but also spending time and being an All Pro Dad to his three children.
1997-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2002-2001 Seattle Seahawks
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