Rodney Peete Bio: NFL, Wife, Foundation & Net worth

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Rodney Peete is a former professional American football player who went pro after getting selected by the Detroit Lions in the 1989 National Football League Draft (NFL).

Before that, he played football at the University of Southern California.

Best known for his winning attitude and leadership, Peete has played with several reputed teams in his distinguished career, including Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, and Carolina Panthers.

Peete at an event

After the end of his playing career, Peete has also expanded into other professions, including acting and hosting.

He is mostly seen hosting various NFL and college preview, and recap shows for Fox,, and ABC’s Sports Zone.

Today, in this article, we will explore Rodney Peete’s life during his playing days and post-retirement activities.

Likewise, we will also discuss his personal life and many other exciting topics. So let’s start, shall we?

But, firstly, let take a peek into some of his quick facts.

Quick Facts

Full Name Rodney Peete
Birth Date March 16, 1966
Age 58 Years Old
Birth Place Mesa, Arizona
Nick Name Rodney
Religion Unknown
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mixed (African-American)
Education Sahuaro High school
University of Southern California
Horoscope Pisces
Father’s Name Willie Peete
Mother’s Name Edna Peete
Siblings Skip Peete
Height 6’0 inches (1.83 m)
Weight 104 kg (230 lbs)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Measurement Unknown
Build Athletic
Marital Status Married
Wife Holly Robinson Peete
Children Ryan Elizabeth Peete, Rodney Peete Jr, Robinson James Peete, Roman Peete
Profession Football player
Net Worth $5.5 million
Salary Unknown
Affiliations NFL
Active Since 1989
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch Not My Boy!, Jet Digest Magazine
Last Update May, 2024

Early Life, Education, & Parents

Rodney Peete was born in Mesa, Arizona, to parents Willie Peete and Edna Peete. His father, Willie, was a football coach and an assistant at the University of Arizona.

As for his other family member, Peete has an older brother named Skip Peete. Likewise, Skip is the running backs coach of the National Football League (NFL).

Moreover, Peete was very athletic from early childhood and used to involve himself in different sports.

To illustrate, while in high school at Sahuaro High School, Peete used to be part of every sports team as football, basketball, and baseball.

Not to mention, while there, he even led his teams to state championships in basketball and baseball.

Following that, he was also named Arizona High School Athlete of the Year and Academic All-American for his incredible football performances. 

Interestingly, Peete was also drafted in the 30th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1984 Major League Baseball draft.

Rodney Peete
Rodney Peete attended Sahuaro High School.

But, he decided first to attend college instead. So, after graduating from high school, Rodney joined the University of Southern California.

He was there for four years playing for his college team.

Later he completed his college career, winning the 1988 Johnny Unitas Award, 1988 Pac-10 Player of the Year, and getting named First Team All-American.

Likewise, he also won the 1988 Pop Warner Trophy and was a runner-up for the coveted Heisman Trophy.

Body Measurement and Age

Rodney Peete was born in 1966, making him 28 years old as of now. Moreover, Peete’s birthdate falls on March 16, which makes his birth sign Pisces.

And from what we know, people of this sun sign are free-spirited, creative, empathetic, and generous at the same time.

Likewise, the former football player stands at the height of 6’0 inches (1.83 m) and weighs around 104 kg (230 lbs).

Rodney’s years of training in the field have undoubtedly made him look very fit and healthy even in his 50’s.  

Besides this, Rodney is blad-headed and has got a pair of black eyes. Likewise, he is an American by Nationality and belongs to mixed (African-American) ethnicity.

Rodney Peete Professional Career

After his successful high school and college career, Peete had his first professional break in the 1989 NFL draft after getting selected by the Detroit Lions as the team’s 141st pick.

Unfortunately, Peete struggled with several injuries in his rookie season, which led him to miss several games.

Being an athlete, it was the worst thing to happen, but Rodney didn’t back out and kept playing despite being injured several times.

Peete in the field
Rodney Peete in the field.

Moreover, he played for five years with the Detriot Lions. After that, he played with six other teams, making a remarkable contribution everywhere. Peete played well enough to maintain his place in the NFL for 16 seasons.

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In 1993 Peete played for Dallas Cowboys and spent only one season with the team. After that, he played for Philadelphia Eagles from 1995 to 1998.

Likewise, one year later, he played for Washinton Redskins and Oakland Raiders from 2000 to 2001.

Further, in 2004, Peete got retired after playing one season for Carolina Panthers.

He finished his NFL career with the most passing yards among quarterbacks from USC, a record that Carson Palmer eventually eclipsed.

Notably, Peete is also the first player ever to win the Johnny Unitas Award. That year he was also chosen as the best senior quarterback.

Similarly, Peete has also won the ” 2014 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.” 

Rodney Peete | Post-playing career

After ending his playing career, Peete started making appearances as one of the hosts in the Fox Sports Networks sports talk show The Best Damn Sports Show Period alongside Chris Rose, John Salley, and Rob Dibble. 

Likewise, he also co-hosted the Hallmark Kitten Bowl in 2019. Rodney also works as a host on his radio show that airs in Los Angeles.

Besides, he has also made an appearance on Television with his wife Holly Robinson Peete for Lipozene commercials.

Though Peete was from a football background and new to the media industry, he amazed everyone with his performance and impressive personality within less time. 

Personal life and Kids

Rodney Peete is a happy family man. Rodney tied the knot with his wife, Holly Robinson Peete, in 1995.

Since then, they have been living happily together, and if you count, it’s already been twenty-six years of their strong bonding.

Likewise, in all these periods, the duo has four kids; three sons named Rodney Peete Jr, Robinson James Peete, Roman Peete, and one daughter named Ryan Elizabeth Peete.

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Moreover, Rodney’s wife, Holly, is also a successful American actress and singer.

She is famous for her roles as Judy Hoffs on the Fox TV police drama 21 Jump Street, Dr. Malena Ellis on the NBC/WB sitcom For Your Love, and Vanessa Russell on the ABC sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. 

Rodney Peete with his family
Rodney Peete with his family.

Holly and Rodney first met in 1993 through a mutual friend.

At, first Holly had zero intentions to be with Rodney as he was surrounded by women all the time, and it wasn’t her scene. On the other hand, Rodney was already in love with Holly.

After that day, they meet for the second time at a house party. But Holly left the party bit early, and right after she got home, Rodney showed up at her door and said: “The party was over when you left.”

Well, that line was good enough for Holly to date Rodney. Since then, Holly and Rodney have been together, and there are no rumors regarding their separation or divorce in their marital life.

Rodney Peete | Net worth and Income

Rodney Peete had a flourishing career and has garnered a lot of fame through his different superior skills. From his successful career in various fields, Peete has received much fame and wealth.

According to reports, Rodney has accumulated a net worth of nearly $5.5million. 

Without a doubt, most of his earnings are from his career as a professional football player. The talented player had played a total of 16 seasons in the NFL.

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Moreover, Rodney is also involved as a host for TV shows, so he has earned a hefty amount from presenting and hosting.

Likewise, Rodney is also a Sports Journalist at the FOX News show “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.”

Due to his amazing personality and outstanding skills, Rodney has been able to stand out not just in the field but also in the entertainment industry.

He has worked hard throughout his life in every area and deserves every penny of his massive wealth.

Holly Rod Foundation

Not only making big-time money, but Rodney also believes in giving back to the community.

Rodney and his wife, Holly Robinson Peete, founded a nonprofit organization, The HollyRod foundation in 1997 to serve the community.

The organization was founded after Holly and Rodney’s eldest son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism.

Due to their son’s condition, Rodney and Holly were influenced to raise awareness and help the people who deal with that disease.

Moreover, the foundation aims to provide compassionate care to people affected by autism and Parkinson’s disease.

It aims to provide a better quality of life for individuals and their families.

Social Media Presence

Rodney Peete is quite active on social media. Rodney’s fans and followers have helped him build a substantial social profile across some of the internet’s most famous sites.

He primarily uses Twitter and Instagram as his social media handles. On Twitter, Rodney has over 23k followers and is available as RodneyPeete9.

After joining the back in September 2010, Peete has tweeted over 5,000 times.

Similarly, he is on Instagram as rodneypeete9 and has over 17k followers on the site. He mostly shares pictures with his childrens and wife.

Some FAQs:

Is Rodney Peete in the Hall of Fame?

Yes, Rodney Peete is a member of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame and the USC Hall of Fame. Likewise, he also serves on the board of governors at his alma mater.

Where does Rodney Peete live?

Rodney Peete currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with his family.

Is Rodney Peete still married?

Yes, Rodney Peete and his wife Holly Robinson Peete have been happily married for 26 years now.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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