Rod Gardner is a former American professional football player. Rod Gardner played as a wide receiver in the NFL (National Football League) for six seasons.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Rod Gardner was born Roderick F. Gardner on 26th October 1977. He stepped into this world in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. With this, he is currently 44 years old while he holds American nationality. Also, he follows Christianity whereas his birth sign is Scorpio.
Moving on to his family members, the football player hasn’t disclosed much information regarding it. His father’s name and mother’s name are currently unavailable. Though not many details are available regarding his childhood, he surely had a fun childhood with his friends and family.
However, he once uploaded his parent’s pictures thanking them as they helped to raise his kids. On the other hand, he mostly spends his holidays with his family. In terms of his educational status, he did his graduation from Clemson University.
Professional Life and Career
Rod attended Clemson University for his undergraduate studies. As a freshman, he began as a quarterback and safety on the practice squad. In his second year, he moved to wide receiver. He also broke the school’s catches, yards, and receptions records. As a result, he was named to the second-team All-ACC in his junior year. In addition, he was one of ten contenders for the Biletnikoff Award in 2000.
Gardner’s professional career began when the Washington Redskins selected him with the 15th overall choice in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week following a 208-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Carolina Panthers during his first season. His experience as a quarterback led the Redskins to use him on trick plays during games; he was 2-for-3 for 46 yards and two passing scores during the 2003 NFL season (to Chad Morton and Trung Candidate).
He was traded to the Carolina Panthers in the 2005 offseason for a sixth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft after four seasons in Washington. He spent the majority of the season behind Steve Smith, Keary Colbert, and Ricky Proehl on the Panthers’ depth chart. On December 16, 2005, the Panthers waived Gardner, and on December 19, 2005, the Green Bay Packers signed him. On March 21, 2006, he re-signed with Green Bay. Gardner was released by the Packers on September 2, 2006. He signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in September 2006. He only has two receptions for 17 yards with the Chiefs in 2006. Before the 2007 season, he left.
Rod has made a pretty satisfactory amount of wealth being a professional football player. According to the online sites, he has an estimated net worth of $1-$5 million US dollars.
Reflecting on his personal life, he is currently in a married relationship with his wife, Leticia Gardner. Leticia is a fitness trainer and also the owner of Total Body 21. The couple met each other in 2009 for the first time. Rod introduced her to the fitness world.
After dating for a few years, they married each other in the year 2014. Also, Rod and Leticia are tha parents of two daughters. The elder daughter is Lyla Gardner while the younger daughter is Nyasia Gardner. Both of them frequently use Instagram.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Enhancing his body measurements, he has a fit and attractive body as an athlete. Talking of his height and weight, he is 6 feet 2 inches or 1.88 meters tall and weighs around 99 kg or 219 pounds. Likewise, he has black hair and a pair of dark brown eyes.
When it comes to his social media handles, Rod is only active on Instagram. He has over 145k followers on Instagram. He is verified on it.