Jimmy Gunn, All-American Member of USC's "Wild Bunch" Defensive Line, Dies

    April 16, 2015

    Jimmy Gunn, a consensus All-American defensive end at USC who was part of the Trojans' famed "The Wild Bunch" defensive line in 1969, died on Saturday (April 11) in Los Angeles of heart failure. He was 66.

    A service will be held on April 24 at 11 a.m. at Greater St. Luke Church of God in Christ (3195 L St., San Diego 92102).

    Gunn joined with end Charles Weaver, tackles Al Cowlings and Tody Smith and middle guards Willard "Bubba" Scott and Tony Terry to make up "The Wild Bunch." They were named after the hit 1969 Sam Peckinpah Western movie of that name. Known for their reckless abandon and hard-nosed play, "The Wild Bunch" helped USC go 10-0-1 in 1969, including a Rose Bowl win over Michigan. In the 1969 UCLA game, they sacked Bruin quarterback Dennis Dummit 10 times for losses of 75 yards. Playing in an era of powerful running games, "The Wild Bunch" allowed just 2.3 yards per carry all season.

    A 3-year (1967-69) letterman, Gunn was a member of USC's 1967 national championship team and participated in 3 Rose Bowls with Trojan squads that won conference titles each year. He was a 2-time (1968-69) All-Pac-8 first teamer and was a Trojan co-captain and Lineman of the Year in 1969. He was selected to play in the 1970 Hula Bowl.

    He then played 7 seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears (1970-75), New York Giants (1975) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976).

    He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

    After his playing career, Gunn became a business executive and real estate developer.

    He was born in Augusta, Ark., and played high school football at San Diego's Lincoln High.

    He is survived by his sister, Willetta Bocage, and his fiancée, Mary Watkins.

    The Wild Bunch in 1969 (Jimmy Gunn second from left).
    The Wild Bunch in 1969 (Jimmy Gunn second from left).