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Rodney Peete

Ex-NFL QB, Broadcaster & Autism Advocate

A two-sport standout in college and 16-year veteran of the National Football League, Rodney Peete is well known for his on-the-field accomplishments. Peete’s achievements are not limited to the athletic field however, as he has also enjoyed successful forays into broadcasting, writing and most importantly, charity.
In 1984 Peete was selected in the Major League Baseball amateur draft out of high school, the first of four times he would be drafted. Peete never chose to pursue a professional baseball career though, as he instead opted to attend college at the University of Southern California before entering the NFL Draft in 1989. At USC Peete excelled in both baseball and football, earning All-PAC-10 honors in the former while receiving numerous accolades in the latter. After his 1988 football season Peete was named the PAC-10 Offensive Player of the Year and finished runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, trailing only Barry Sanders in voting.
Upon the completion of his college career Peete decided he could not forego the opportunity to play quarterback in the NFL and entered the draft in 1989. Originally drafted by the Detroit Lions, Peete played for six different teams over his career before his retirement in 2004. At the time he held the record for most NFL career passing yards by a quarterback from USC.
Post-football Peete began a career in television and radio, which included a five-year run as co-host of Fox Sports’ The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Later he teamed up with his wife, actress Holly Robinson-Peete, to host Meet the Peetes on XM Radio’s Oprah Radio. The show focused on life and career balance for two working parents of four children as well as their roles as activists and advocates for issues that affected their family.
In particular, the Peete family has been affected by Parkinson’s disease and autism, which led Holly and Rodney to establish the HollyRod Foundation in 1997. The non-profit organization provides medical, physical, and emotional support to individuals with Parkinson’s disease as well as families of children with autism. In 2010 Peete authored Not My Boy!: A Father, a Son, and One Family’s Journey with Autism, a book that offers a heartening look inside his personal journey with his son’s autism as well as an inspirational road map to help families facing similar challenges.
Peete is also a president of HollyRod Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based entertainment and investment firm, and serves on the Board of Governors at his alma mater, USC.
Ex-NFL QB, Broadcaster & Autism Advocate

A two-sport standout in college and 16-year veteran of the National Football League, Rodney Peete is well known for his on-the-field accomplishments. Peete’s achievements are not limited to the athleti...
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