Jerry was one of the best all-around football players in an era of excellent BMHS football players. A quarterback with great running and passing ability, Jerry was also an excellent place-kicker and punter. Away from the football field, he was an outstanding basketball player and a school record holder in the shot putt and discus throw.
His football leadership was tested early in his senior year against Winter Park. Jerry played with a severely sprained shoulder on his passing arm, leading BMHS to a 10-0 victory. He scored the first touchdown by faking to pass all the way into the end-zone. The defense kept backing up, not knowing he could not throw because of the injury.
Jerry was honored that year by being the starting Metro-Conference Quarterback, chosen over several outstanding area quarterbacks. He then was selected for the All-County All-Regional, and All-State, and he played in the North/South All-Star Game. His teammates at BMHS voted him the most valuable offensive back. Jerry continued his football career at Memphis State University.