Rodney Peete Named NCAA Silver Anniversary Award Winner|
Nov. 13, 2013
Former USC All-American quarterback Rodney Peete has been selected as a recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.
The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. The Honors Committee, comprised of representatives of NCAA member schools and nationally prominent former student-athletes, selects each year's recipients.
The other 2014 recipients are Troy Aikman (UCLA), Earl Martin Phalen (Yale), George Pyne (Brown), Katey Stone (New Hampshire) and Dara Torres (Florida). The NCAA will recognize the honorees at the Honors Celebration during the 2014 NCAA Convention in San Diego, Calif.
Peete becomes USC's 13th Silver Anniversary Award winner, second most in the nation behind Yale's 14.
Peete was the most elusive quarterback in USC annals, able to hurt opponents with his arm and his legs. As a senior team captain in 1988, he was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy and won both the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (as the nation's top senior quarterback) and the Pop Warner Award (as the most valuable senior on the West Coast) while earning All-American first team honors. He also was the 1988 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year while completing 62.1% of his passes for 2,812 yards and 18 TDs.
The 4-year (1985-88) letterman and 2-time (1987-88) team MVP-a starter since late in his redshirt freshman campaign-set 17 USC career, season and game records in passing and total offense. He ended his career third on the Pac-10 career passing (8,225) and total offense (8,640) yardage charts, and currently ranks fourth on USC's all-time passing chart (and third in total offense). He threw 54 touchdowns in his career, and rushed for 415 yards and 12 scores.
In 1987 and 1988, he led USC to Pac-10 titles and trips to the Rose Bowl.
He also started in the infield on the USC baseball team for 3 years (1985, 1987-88), posting a .297 career batting average with 18 home runs and 84 RBI. He made the All-Pac-10 first team in 1988 as a third baseman. Following the 1988 season, was drafted by the Oakland A's.
After USC, he played 16 years in the NFL with the Lions, Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins, Raiders and Panthers. He threw 76 touchdowns and for more than 16,000 yards during his pro career.
He then went on to work as a television broadcaster, radio personality, author and philanthropist. He is currently president of HollyRod Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based entertainment and investment firm. With his wife Holly Robinson Peete, he co-founded the HollyRod Foundation, which generates funds to fight Parkinson's disease, support children suffering from autism, and improve the quality of life for those in need.
He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.