A San Diego State alum, Rashaad Penny, plays as a running back for Seattle Seahawks (2018- Now). He is one of the four Penny brothers to play football- the most famous (elder) brother being former NFL star Elijhaa Penny.
Rashaad, from a sports background, credits his family members for his NFL success, who supported & guided him to carry sportsmanship.
He followed in the footstep of his brother Elijhaa to NFL, while his younger brother Brionne plays college football at San Diego State as a junior in the 2022-23 season.
This article will majorly focus on Rashaad’s elder brother Elijhaa Penny & his personal life, along with insights on other family members.
Elijhaa Penny retired in late 2022 after 6 NFL seasons, having lastly played for New York Giants (2018-2021).
An undrafted NFL player, he was a fullback for Arizona Cardinals for three seasons before signing with the Giants.
Let’s get through the details on the Penny brothers!
|Date of Birth
|August 17, 1993
|Los Angeles, California
|30 years old
|A former NFL player
|NFL Player & Brother of Rashaad Penny
|Norwalk (Norwalk, California)
|6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
|250 lb (113 kg)
|Robert Jr., Rashaad, Breonna, and Brionne
|Arizona Cardinals (2016–2018)
New York Giants (2018–2021)
Rashaad Penny’s Brother Elijhaa Penny | Family Background & Education
Elijhaa Penny was born on August 17, 1993, in Los Angeles, California. He is the second eldest child of five kids to Robert Penny Sr. and Desiree Penny Taplin (whose birthday is on July 14).
He grew up with his older brother Robert Penny Jr. and three younger siblings: Rashaad, Breonna (sister), and Brionne, chronologically.
Elijhaa’s brother Robert Jr. played collegiately at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota; he was born when their father was only 18.
The retired NFL player’s youngest sibling, brother Brionne is a college footballer at San Diego State, while insight on his sister Breonna is not out.
Even though none of the Penny brothers participated in organized football until high school, they would find their interest in the sport later. Thanks to their father who would inspire them to follow their hearts but ‘give everything to it.’
While Rashaad began establishing himself at San Diego State, Elijhaa made his way to the NFL.
Elijhaa attended Norwalk High School, where he made a school record of 20 touchdowns in a season as a sophomore.
The second-eldest of the Penny brothers enrolled at the College of the Sequoias but transferred to the University of Idaho in 2014.
As a junior, he played 11 games for 589 yards & 12 touchdowns. In 2015, during his senior year, Elijhaa rushed 1159 yards for 10 touchdowns & recorded 239 receiving yards for 2 receiving touchdowns.
His college stats for 2 varsity years at Idaho averaged 4.5 rushing yards per attempt with 22 touchdowns, 18.5 kick return yards per return & 4 tackles.
Elijhaa Penny Undrafted In NFL & Retirement
After the 2016 NFL Draft, Elijhaa went undrafted, and later the Arizona Cardinals signed him as UFA (undrafted free agent) on May 9, 2016.
He rushed 124 yards for four receptions in the 2017 season with the Cardinals after spending his rookie season in the practice squad.
Later, as a waiver from the Cardinals practice squad in 2018, the New York Giants acquired him. As a NY Giants player, Penny concluded the 2018 season with seven carries for 25 rushing yards and eight receptions for 50 passing yards.
He would play all of his NFL seasons (2019, 2020 & 2021) with the Giants until retirement on November 28, 2022.
Elijhaa’s NFL career overall stats read 292 rushing yards with 3 rushing touchdowns & 126 receiving yards for a touchdown through a total of 69 games (starter in only 6).
Meet Rashad Penny, Younger Brother Of Elijhaa
In 2018, Brionne Penny frequently traveled to San Diego State to watch his brother Rashaad Penny, a former SDSU running back, compete for the Aztecs.
The younger Penny opted to make the school his home away from home after growing to love it. The Aztecs’ 2019 recruiting class now includes Brionne Penny, an athlete recruited out of Harbor City Narbonne High.
During his two seasons at Norwalk High before transferring to Narbonne in January, Penny was a quarterback with a dual threat.
According to Otis Harrison, Penny’s Norwalk coach, the quarterback possessed a rapid release and the ability to throw the ball 70 yards downfield.
Father Was Also An Athlete
While Robert Sr. downplayed his athletic prowess as a child, Elijhaa said his father was a household name. Robert, Sr. was a three-sport player in his youth.
When Robert became a father at the age of 18, athletics were officially over. But when his five children grew older, Robert encouraged them to pursue their passions. Robert and Desiree now have a daughter, Breonna.
Robert, Sr. watched his boys wreck the neighborhood when they were young, but it was only in the past two years, when he witnessed Elijhaa play at the University of Phoenix Stadium & Rashaad shine with the Aztecs, that he fully understood the severity of their ascent.
Penny Brothers Are Very Supportive Of Each Other
Sometimes, their communication consists of a brief text conversation back and forth. In-depth discussions of the technical details of playing running back in the NFL occur occasionally.
There is a text line between Robert & Desiree Penny and their five adult children. Since their middle child plays for the Seahawks, the family’s thread has been particularly active over the past four Sundays.
The parents’ phones have been pinging and ringing at their house in the Los Angeles region almost every time their middle child touches the ball for the team.
Rashaad Penny’s torn ACL occurred in the first quarter of the Seahawks game against the Rams on December 8, 2019, in Los Angeles, and the Penny family was present.
And throughout an on-again and off-again recovery process that took Rashaad Penny almost two years to complete, they have been there for him, urging and encouraging him.
Every step of the way, Elijhaa Penny, a drill sergeant and therapist combined, has prodded Rashaad. In Lake Elsinore, California, they bought homes close to one another and exercised every day together during the off-season, exercising and using weights in each other’s garages.
Rashad Penny & Elijhaa Penny: Retirement of Jersey
The NFL stars Elijhaa and his brother Rashaad attended their alma mater Norwalk High School on February 22, 2022, and retired their number 22 jerseys. Additionally, the brothers were given $500 for their 2 Cents Family Foundation.
The Pennys’ old instructors, students, and coaches were up to support the two former NHS footballers despite the rain and the chilly 52-degree temperature.
Their coach Dean Gray was also in attendance; he has a good connection with the Penny family.
Tuesday was chosen to commemorate the event because the Pennys’ jersey number 22 & the date February 22, 2022, coincided with 2/22/22, according to coach Jesse Ceniceros.
The brothers honored their former teachers and urged NHS students to keep pursuing their vocations as they retired their #22 jerseys.
The Giants fullback was ineligible to enroll directly in a four-year college after high school because he did not fulfill his A-G standards.
Rashaad Penny also expressed gratitude to his mentors throughout his career, including his previous instructors. The free agent thanked the NFL free agent Eddie Moreno.
Net Worth Of Elijhaa & His Brother Rashaad Penny
The New York Giants have a $2,200,000 deal with Elijhaa that will last for the next two years. He has a net worth that ranges from $1 million to $5 million.
Likewise, Rashaad’s net worth is projected to be $10.7 million dollars. Since his career is still in its early stages, he can increase his wealth if he puts on an outstanding enough show on the field.
Although the 26-year-precise old’s number of sponsors is unknown, Panini does support him. Gaining sponsors correlates directly with the wide receiver’s on-field and team performance. He will snag more sponsors as time goes on.
What team is Elijhaa Penny on?
Penny played for six NFL seasons before retirement in November 2022. Currently, he has no association with any NFL team as a player & a coach. He played for Arizona Cardinals (2016-18) and New York Giants (2018-21).
Where did Rashaad Penny go?
Rashaad Penny of the Seahawks missed the remainder of the 2022 season after breaking his fibula against the Saints in Week 5 game.