Jerry attributes his success both on and off the field to the discipline and dedication that his West African parents instilled in him at an early age. Equipped with a bachelor degree from the University of New Hampshire and a successful seven-year All-Pro football career with the Chicago Bears, Jerry has been able to retire and embark on new endeavors.
Personally and professionally active in community affairs, Azumah served on the University of New Hampshire Foundation Board of Directors for several years. Founding his own foundation, The Azumah Student Assistance Program (ASAP) is dedicated in making a difference in the lives of the youth in our communities. Incorporated in 2004 as a 501c3 organization, ASAP is committed to providing financial scholarship assistance for underserved students seeking private secondary education in the Chicagoland area in addition to supporting targeted educational youth programs. Since its inception, ASAP proudly has impacted the lives of several youth by rewarding multiple scholarships while providing various support to qualified youth programs annually. In 2010 the ASAP Foundation partnered with Link Unlimited, which is an organization that provides educational services and mentoring to economically disadvantaged African American youth in the Chicago area.
Azumah was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of Bears Care, which is a Chicago Bears charitable organization that supports numerous charities and assists those in need from programs supporting education, youth athletics, medical research and health awareness in the Chicago land community. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Governor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness whose purpose is to raise awareness to K-12 students statewide.
In 2010, Azumah & Susan Miner teamed up to form Premier Athletes. The exclusive relocation service for athletes, coaches and sports executives. The goal is matching luxury properties and unparalleled concierge services for high end cliental making the relocation process effective and effortless.
In addition to his philanthropic and entrepreneurial happenings, Jerry has made a smooth transition into the media world as a sports analyst for Comcast SportsNet, ESPN 1000 radio and Fox Chicago.