Jerry Pritchett first began playing T-ball at the local rec center and was a league bowler at the age of 5. After several sessions of playing both little league baseball and soccer, Jerry got into playing basketball and football his freshman year of school. In an effort to become stronger for football Jerry joined a local gym and with-in a few weeks Mike Wonyetye saw something special in Jerry and asked to compete in what would be Jerry’s first powerlifting meet where he pulled 460lbs at 15 years old. This sparking the competitiveness in Jerry he went on to win 3 Gold Medals at the AAU Junior Olympics (1997, 1998 and 2000), set a lot of state and World Records and winning several National and World titles for Powerlifting. Jerry continued to play football though out high school and a semester at Glendale Community College.
Jerry has always been interested in Strongman and implemented several Strongman movements into his training to help with Powerlifting. In 2008 Jerry found a local Strongman contest in Phoenix, Arizona and took 2nd place, thus sparking his completive drive to continue and pursue Strongman. In the past few years he has progressed to the top ranks and was able to compete in the World’s Strongest Man in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Arnold Strongman Classic 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Columbus Ohio and Arnold Strongman Brazil 2013. As well participate in the World’s Ultimate Strongest Team 2015 and World Deadlift Championships 2015 both in England.
Jerry Pritchett’s total dedication to the sport is matched by his other achievements. He is currently working a full time job as a metal fabricator for a major utility company in Mesa Arizona. During his off time from work, Jerry is training and competing but always finds time for his wife and two kids ages 9 and 5. Jerry, age 35, competed at World’s Strongest Man for the fourth time in April 2015 taking 2nd place in his heat and 10th place in the final, he also placed 2nd (tied) in the World’s Ultimate Strongest Team in May 2015 (Pritchett/Burke Team USA) as well as placing 3rd in the World Deadlift Championships in July 2015. Now, his energy is focused on the upcoming World’s Strongest Man 2016, World’s Strongest Team in June 2016 (Pritchett/Ostlund Team USA) and World Deadlift Championships in July 2016 with hopes of posting even more impressive results. His ultimate goals are to win 1st place at The World’s Strongest Man, Arnold Strongman Classic, World’s Ultimate Strongest Team and World Deadlift Championships.