By Earl Heath Rita Long
He's only been retired for a few months and, former USC Trojan quarterback Rodney Peete says he misses the game but he's found other things to do. He spent 16 years in the NFL playing for six different franchises including Detroit, Dallas, Carolina, Philadelphia, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins. He landed in the Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers in 2004.
Peete recently stopped by to visit the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club as a speaker at its weekly luncheon. His sense of humor is still intact. "I do have a blue suit on today for you Bruin fans," said Peete. "But make no mistake about it, I bleed cardinal and gold."
Peete is now part of the cast of Fox Sports Network 'The Best Damn Sports Show'. "I'm sorry I'm late," he told the crowd of about 200. "There was a gas leak in the neighborhood. You don't really hear about gas leaks in the Canyons. I thought Tom Arnold moved out of the neighborhood."
Before Peete entered the NFL, he had a stellar career at USC. In 1988 in his senior season, he collected a slew of honors including the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (given to the nations top senior quarterback), he was the PAC-10 Offensive Player of the Year while throwing for 2,812 yards and 18 touchdowns, and he also came up second in the balloting for the Heisman behind Barry Sanders.
Peete is married to the beautiful actress Holly Robinson who starred in TV's '21 Jump Street' and 'Hangin' With Mr. Cooper'. She is a true football fan as she was raised in Philadelphia and followed the Eagles since she was child. She learned football at a young age from her father. "My dad bled Eagle green and so did I," said Holly. Even today her football obsession has led her to write a book entitled 'Get Your Own Damn Beer I'm Watching the Game'.
To date this shows up at the Peete household. on NFL day Rodney gives up something major to men. "On Sunday I have no shot at getting the remote. It is in her hand all day long."
Both of them are involved in an organization that they founded, it's called the Holly-Rod Foundation. The foundation helps those with Parkinsons disease by providing medications for those who can't afford it.
With all the injuries to quarterbacks early in the NFL season an audience member asked Rodney if he would ever consider coming out of retirement. "I did get a phone call," said Peete. "I told them they had to talk to my wife. They declined."
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