Rodney Peete: Holly Robinson Peete’s Husband

May 2, 2010

Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson Peete’s husband has had success as a football player. But life for him has posed challenges. As a footballer he had the opportunity to play but he never was an all-star in the NFL. It is in his present life that he is now an all-star. Read more about Rodney Peete and his new book “Not My Boy” here.

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Meet Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson Peete’s husband. Peete was born in Mesa, Arizona on March 16, 1966, which makes him to be 44 years of age. Peete married Holly Robinson in 1995 and has four children with the actress. In 1997, they welcomed twins daughter Ryan and son Rodney Jr. Their son Robinson was born on August 11th, 2002 and their son Roman was born February 25, 2005. While four children may seem to keep the couple busy, their biggest challenge is with their son Rodney Jr., who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Through the years the family endured many struggles but with their strong love and their tight bond, together Holly and Rodney have come a long way. But it wasn’t always easy.

Rodney wrote an autobiography about having a child with autism, which includes the roller coaster of feelings they felt upon hearing the news, how they dealt with the daily challenges that consumed their lives and the long journey they continue to go on to keep their marriage and family strongly bound.

Upon finding out that their son had autism, their lives were filled with a whirlwind of emotions. Rodney says, “After we both kind of cried and (said), `Why us?’ in that pity world, Holly very soon after that rolled up her sleeves and said, `Let’s get to work.’ I was the opposite. I was angry more than anything else … I didn’t like to hear what the doctor was saying.”

“My anger and denial left me in a lonely world. I still thought when the (football) season was over and I could spend every day with him, we would fix this in our own way. I’d be his dad and I’d snap him out of this.”

It was after he was able to accept his son’s condition for what it was, he could really roll up his sleeves to do what needed to be done to get to know his son better and to be a better father to Rodney Jr. Rodney adds, “When I moved past my denial of R.J.’s condition, I was surprised by how I felt. I felt liberated. Sure, at first I’d mourned the vision I’d had of the kind of father I would be to R.J. And I understood that I had to let go of all the images of fatherhood that I’d received from movies and television – from Ward Cleaver to Cliff Huxtable. I wanted to have as loving a relationship with R.J. as I’d enjoyed with my own dad, but I had to come to terms with the fact that it couldn’t be exactly the same.”

To read more, pick up the book by Rodney Peete titled “Not My Boy” in bookstores now.

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