Rodney Peete

Rodney Peete (born March 16, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 years. He played college football for the USC Trojans football team. He retired from playing in 2004 and is now in broadcasting.

Rodney Peete
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Peete in 2010
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Personal information
Born:March 16, 1966 (age 53)
Mesa, Arizona
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Overland Park (KS) Shawnee Mission South
NFL Draft:1989 / Round: 6 / Pick: 141
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:2,346
Pass completions:1,344
Passing yards:16,338
Passer rating:73.3
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Peete was born in Mesa, Arizona. He attended Sahuaro High School in Tucson, as a freshman, sophomore, and junior, and went to Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas, for his senior year. He was a three-year letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was named the Arizona High School Player of the Year as a junior. Peete was drafted in the 30th round (722nd overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1984 Major League Baseball draft. He did not sign and elected to attend college at the University of Southern California. He is the son of Willie Peete, former running backs coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears.[2] His brother is NFL coach Skip Peete.

College career

Peete was the first player ever from USC to win the Johnny Unitas Award as the nation's best senior quarterback (since earned by Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart as well). In that senior year, he also finished second to Barry Sanders in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. His USC teams would win both head-to-head matchups in the UCLA–USC rivalry against Troy Aikman's UCLA teams. The 1988 UCLA-USC game was notable in that Peete was stricken with measles the week before the game and had been hospitalized. He led USC to the 1988 and 1989 Rose Bowl games.

Peete was also a star third baseman on USC's baseball team. He was named to the all-Pac-10 team. He was drafted three different times while at USC. In the 1988 MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics in the 14th round (359th overall), the 1989 MLB draft by the Athletics again in the 13th round (348th overall) and the 1990 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round (742nd overall).[3]

Professional career

Peete did not achieve stardom in his professional career in the NFL, but played well enough to sustain his place in the league for 16 seasons, primarily as a backup. Selected by the Detroit Lions as the 141st pick in the 6th round of the 1989 NFL Draft,[4] Peete was scheduled to start the season opener but sprained his knee in an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Rams, missing the first few games of the season. He would have been the first rookie quarterback to start for the Lions since 1968, when Greg Landry started.

His career was marked by injury. In his first five NFL seasons with the Lions, he would split time with Bob Gagliano, Erik Kramer, and former Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware. After spending time with the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Oakland Raiders, Peete's career appeared to be over until he became the starter for the Carolina Panthers in 2002, where he led the Panthers to start the year 3–0 and ultimately to a 7–9 record, an improvement over 1–15 the year before.

After a weak showing in the first half of 2003 season opening game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach John Fox replaced him in the third quarter with Jake Delhomme, who then led the Panthers to a comeback victory. Delhomme subsequently replaced Peete as the Panthers' starting quarterback, leading the team to an 11–5 record that ultimately led to Super Bowl XXXVIII against the New England Patriots.[5]

The Panthers released Peete to free agency in February 2005 for salary cap reasons, but he chose to retire instead of re-signing with a team for another season.[6] Peete finished his career with the most NFL career passing yards among QBs from USC, a record that was eventually eclipsed by Carson Palmer.

Entertainment career

After his retirement from the NFL, Peete became one of the hosts of the Fox Sports Networks sports talk show The Best Damn Sports Show Period alongside John Salley, Chris Rose and Rob Dibble. In 2015, the Oprah Winfrey Network announced that they were making a docuseries on Peete and his family.[7]

Rodney Peete and his wife Holly Robinson Peete star in Lipozene commercials on television.

In 2019, Rodney Peete co-hosted the Hallmark Kitten Bowl.

Personal life

Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete in July 2010
Rodney Peete with his wife Holly Robinson Peete in 2010

Peete has been married to actress Holly Robinson Peete since 1995. They have four children: twins, daughter Ryan Elizabeth Peete and son Rodney Peete, Jr. (born October 19, 1997), son Robinson James Peete, (born August 11, 2002), and son Roman Peete (born February 25, 2005).

One of their twins, Rodney Jr., was diagnosed with autism at age three.[8] He tells of his story of Rodney, Jr., in the June 2010 issues of Men's Health.[9]

In November 2013, Peete was named as a 2014 recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, given annually to six former college athletes 25 years after the end of their college athletics careers.[1]

Peete is the son-in-law of late actor Matt Robinson, and cousin of the late professional golfer Calvin Peete.

See also


  1. ^ a b "NCAA names 2014 Silver Anniversary Award winners" (Press release). NCAA. November 14, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Willie and Rodney Peete LATimes December 26, 1985
  3. ^ Pro Line Profiles football card, 1992
  4. ^ National Football League: NFL Draft History Full Draft, retrieved September 26, 2009
  5. ^ Martin, Chris (January 18, 2005), Position Outlook – Quarterback, retrieved September 26, 2009
  6. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (April 18, 2005), Peete to co-host "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" – NFL – ESPN, retrieved September 27, 2009
  7. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (May 6, 2015). "OWN Orders Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete Docuseries". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Kaplan, Erin Aubry - Holly's Heart Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Essence, February 2007.
  9. ^ Peete, Rodney and Craig Bridger. "My Son Calls the Plays". Men's Health. June 2010. pp. 132, 134.
1986 USC Trojans football team

The 1986 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fourth and final year under head coach Ted Tollner, the Trojans compiled a 7–5 record (5–3 against conference opponents), finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 264 to 239.Quarterback Rodney Peete led the team in passing, completing 160 of 305 passes for 2,138 yards with 10 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Ryan Knight led the team in rushing with 148 carries for 536 yards and seven touchdowns. Ken Henry led the team in receiving yards with 43 catches for 807 yards and seven touchdowns.

1987 USC Trojans football team

The 1987 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first year under head coach Larry Smith, the Trojans compiled an 8–4 record (7–1 against conference opponents), won the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 321 to 229.The Trojans lost their inaugural game of Larry Smith's tenure to Michigan State in the first night game ever played at Spartan Stadium. USC secured a Rose Bowl berth by tying UCLA for the Pacific-10 championship and winning the head to head match. They faced Michigan State again, and lost 17–20.

Quarterback Rodney Peete led the team in passing, completing 197 of 332 passes for 2,709 yards with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Steven Webster led the team in rushing with 239 carries for 1,109 yards and six touchdowns. Erik Affholter led the team in receiving yards with 44 catches for 640 yards and four touchdowns.

1988 Rose Bowl

The 1988 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1988. It was the 74th Rose Bowl Game. The Michigan State Spartans defeated the USC Trojans 20–17 in a bowl rematch that was much closer than the 27-13 Spartan victory in the regular season. Michigan State Linebacker Percy Snow was named the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game. This was the last Rose Bowl game televised by NBC Sports, ending a 37-year partnership. ABC Sports picked up rights to broadcast the game the following year.

1988 USC Trojans football team

The 1988 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their second year under head coach Larry Smith, the Trojans compiled a 10–2 record (8–0 against conference opponents), won the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 370 to 184.The Trojans won their first 10 games of the season, running the conference table and beating third-ranked Oklahoma at home. They were ranked second in the nation before their match with number-one ranked Notre Dame. After losing to the Fighting Irish in their final regular-season game, they faced Michigan in the Rose Bowl, losing 14–22.

Quarterback Rodney Peete led the team in passing, completing 223 of 359 passes for 2,812 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Aaron Emanuel led the team in rushing with 108 carries for 545 yards and eight touchdowns. Erik Affholter led the team in receiving yards with 68 catches for 952 yards and eight touchdowns.

1989 Rose Bowl

The 1989 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on Monday January 2, 1989, because New Year's Day was on a Sunday. It was the 75th Rose Bowl Game, and also the 100th anniversary of the Tournament of Roses parade. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the USC Trojans 22–14. Michigan FB Leroy Hoard was named the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game. This was the first of 22 Rose Bowls broadcast by ABC Sports. It had been broadcast on NBC since the first television broadcast in the 1952 Rose Bowl.

1996 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1996 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 64th in the National Football League (NFL). The team matched their previous output of 10–6 and qualifying for the playoffs.

After a season ending injury to Rodney Peete, Ty Detmer took over the starting role. For the second time in three seasons, the Eagles were 7–2 at the nine-game mark, thanks to a thrilling win November 3 on the road against Dallas. The capper to that contest was a combined 104-yard interception return between James Willis and Troy Vincent in the final moments which turned a potential game-winning drive by the Cowboys into a Philadelphia victory.

As in 1994 under Rich Kotite, the Eagles wilted. This time four losses in five games, including an embarrassing 27-point setback on national TV at Indianapolis, had the club scrambling in the playoff picture. However, wins against the lowly Jets and Cardinals managed to right the ship, and a wild-card berth was the reward.

The 1996 season was also the first season the Eagles debuted the midnight green, white, and black look, with new helmet designs and the logo and endzone font as well.

1998 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1998 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 66th season in the National Football League (NFL). The team failed to improve on their previous output of 6–9–1, winning only three games. Head coach Ray Rhodes was fired at end of season, finishing his four-year tenure with a record of 29–34–1.

The Eagles’ 161 points-scored (10.06 per game) is tied for the third-lowest total in a 16-game schedule. Philadelphia’s three quarterbacks—Bobby Hoying, Koy Detmer, and Rodney Peete—each won one game, and threw for only seven total touchdowns combined.

Erik Kramer

William Erik Kramer (born November 6, 1964) is an American former football quarterback. He attended John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California. After attending Los Angeles Pierce College and playing as their quarterback, Kramer transferred to North Carolina State University. He was not drafted by an NFL team, but did see action in 1987, when he played for the Atlanta Falcons as a replacement player during the NFL players strike. He would then spend some time in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. Kramer would return to the NFL in 1991, when he became a surprise starter for the Detroit Lions after injuries sidelined Rodney Peete. Kramer played in 13 games, led the Lions to a 12–4 record, their first playoff victory since 1962, and a trip to the NFC Championship Game.

For Peete's Sake

For Peete's Sake is an American reality television series starring Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, their four kids, and her mom, Dolores. It premiered on March 19, 2016 on the Oprah Winfrey Network, as part of its Saturday-night reality lineup. On August 8, 2016, the network renewed the show for a second season. On May 10, 2017, Holly announced on her Instagram account that the show was cancelled after two seasons. However, it was later announced that the Peete's would be appearing in a new reality series on the Hallmark Channel called, Meet the Peetes, set to premiere in February 2018.

HollyRod Foundation

HollyRod Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by actress Holly Robinson Peete and retired NFL quarterback Rodney Peete that provides "medical, physical, and emotional support" to individuals living with Parkinson's Disease as well as families of children with autism. The HollyRod4kids initiative assists families affected by autism through providing resources to help improve the lives of children diagnosed with the disorder. Concurrently, the foundation provides aid for Parkinson's Disease patients through its HollyRod Compassionate Care Program in partnership with the Center for Parkinson's Research and Movement Disorders located at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine.

Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete (born September 18, 1964) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Judy Hoffs on the Fox TV police drama 21 Jump Street, Vanessa Russell on the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and Dr. Malena Ellis on the NBC/WB sitcom For Your Love. She also served as one of the original co-hosts of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk.

After graduating from high school, Peete entered Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She majored in Psychology and French. After she graduated in 1986, she considered attending graduate school and perhaps working in languages for the U.S. State Department. However, she decided to give an acting career a chance. Within a short time, Peete found roles on a television series and in two films.

Peete's children's book, My Brother Charlie, won her an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in March 2011. In 2012 the book was awarded the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award.

In March 2016, a reality series debuted titled For Peete's Sake, documenting the everyday life of her family.

She is currently doing commercials for the weight loss drug, Lipozene.


KLAC AM 570 is a radio station serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. KLAC is one of eight Los Angeles radio stations in which San Antonio-based iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel Communications until September 2014) has an ownership interest. The station is co-located with its sister stations in suburban Burbank, and its transmitter is located on a site in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, east of downtown.

KLAC is the flagship station of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Clippers, UCLA Bruins football and basketball, and since January 2009, of Fox Sports Radio. The station is also the home of local personalities Fred Roggin, Rodney Peete, Petros Papadakis and Matt "Money" Smith (the latter two's afternoon drive show was carried on Fox Sports Radio between 2009 and 2014). In 2015, the station was partly acquired by the Dodgers baseball club and re-branded as AM 570 LA Sports (the "LA" in KLAC's logo is derived from the Dodgers' cap insignia).

KLAC can be heard in HD on 570 AM and also on KYSR HD2.

List of Carolina Panthers starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.

List of Detroit Lions starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Lions.

List of Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Eagles.

List of USC Trojans starting quarterbacks

The following individuals have started games at the quarterback position for the USC Trojans football team, updated from 1975 through 2018. Inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame are designated alongside the player's final season. Players who had taken a redshirt season are designated ().

Meet the Peetes

Meet the Peetes is an American reality television series starring Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, their four children, and her mother, Dolores. The series is Hallmark Channel's first entry into unscripted reality television. The Peete family had previously starred in For Peete's Sake for two seasons (2016–2017) on the Oprah Winfrey Network.The series premiered on February 18, 2018 as part of Hallmark Channel's Sunday-night programming. On March 21, 2018, Hallmark announced the show's renewal for a second season. Amid other Sunday-night programming changes, Meet the Peetes moved to Monday nights in season two beginning with episode four on March 18, 2019.


Peete is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Calvin Peete (1943–2015), American professional golfer

Charlie Peete (1929–1956), American professional baseball player

Louise Peete (1880–1947), American serial killer; executed in the gas chamber

Holly Robinson Peete (born 1964), American actress and singer; wife of Rodney Peete

Rodney Peete (born 1966), American professional football player; brother of Skip Peete

Skip Peete (born 1963), American professional football coach; brother of Rodney Peete

Sahuaro High School

Sahuaro High School is a public high school located in Tucson, Arizona, United States, part of the Tucson Unified School District. It is located on the far east side of the city at 545 North Camino Seco, just north of Vicksburg Street between Broadway and Speedway Boulevards. The school's mascot is the cougar, and its colors are scarlet and navy.

The school scored 87/83/23/81 on the AIMS (Arizona Instruments to Measure Standards) tests in Reading/Math/Science/Writing.

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