NFL veteran quarterback Rodney Peete, best known for his leadership and a winning attitude, spent 16 successful years in the NFL. His admired position in the public eye has led him to a successful career as sports star, television/radio personality, author and philanthropist.
In March 2010, Peete released his first book, Not My Boy! A Father, a Son, and One Family’s Journey with Autism. The story, based on the Peete family’s experience raising a child with autism, is published by Hyperion and is currently receiving wide acclaim. Through Not My Boy!, Peete is giving a voice to an often unheard journey: the father. Influencers from across the country have acknowledged Rodney’s brave story of a father coming to terms with his child’s autism diagnosis while simultaneously fighting to keep his family intact.
“I wish I had something fancy to say, but this story is simply beyond words—just read it! I vote to make Rodney’s book, Not My Boy!, required reading for every first-time, second-time, or any-other-time father.”
–Will Smith, Actor/Producer
Following his NFL career, Peete went on to become a co-host on Fox Sports’ The Best Damn Sports Show Period. In 2008, he and wife, actress Holly Robinson Peete, hosted Meet the Peetes on XM Radio’s Oprah Radio. Meet the Peetes focused on the life of two working parents raising their four children, balancing their careers and being activists and advocates on issues that affected them and their family.
Peete is president of HollyRod Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based entertainment and investment firm. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the HollyRod Foundation, an organization established to generate funds to fight Parkinson’s Disease, support children suffering from Autism, and improve the quality of life for those in need. In his role for the organization, Peete has been able to secure partnerships with some of the largest corporations in the world including Target, Anheuser-Busch, Mercedes-Benz, and Starwood among others.
He also serves on the Board of Governors at his alma mater, USC, from where he holds a B.A. and was First Team All-American and 1988 Player of the Year.
Peete and Robinson Peete have been married for 15 years and are the proud parents of four children: twins Ryan Elizabeth and Rodney Jackson, Robinson James and Roman Matthew. The family resides in Los Angeles.