2021 Update – Before the 2021 NFL draft, Rodney Hudson requested to be released from the Raiders. Instead of releasing him, he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a third-round draft pick. After 6 years with the Raiders, it was surprising and we wish Rodney happiness. At the draft, the Raiders picked Jim Morrissey. He’s a big guy at 6 feet and 305 pounds.
Rodney Hudson is a valuable Raiders offensive lineman and the team’s center. He is also the only player on the team to play every offensive snap. The Kansas City Chiefs originally drafted Hudson in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Rodney Hudson’s life before football wasn’t easy. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, Rodney lived with his single mom in Mobile, Alabama. Forced to leave their damaged home, they became homeless. The solution they chose was for Rodney to live with his grandmother while his mom stayed with an aunt.
Once he was reunited with his mother again, he was in high school. After football practice, he worked at the local KFC. Even though he juggled high school, football, and a job, he still made All-State in his junior and senior years! For him, his success and driving force are contributed to his mother.
Needless to say, joining the Raiders changed his life. Signed with the Raiders on March 11, 2015, with a whopping $44.5 million ($20 million guaranteed) 5-year contract. Ever since then, Rodney Hudson has been a constant key contributor to the team. When he renewed his contract with the Raiders in 2019, Rodney became the highest-paid center in the NFL.
Rodney Hudson is a great example of how passion and determination can change your life. When speaking with kids, the message he gives is that poverty doesn’t need to be a hindrance to success.
Did You Know?
Rodney Bought NBA’s Rudy Gay’s Mansion for $3.1M
Given how successful his career is, Rodney Hudson bought Rudy Gay’s Florida mansion not long ago. The mansion is located in Landmark Ranch Estates and boasts unique textures and a lot of glass. The 8,000 square-foot mansion has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms on 2 acres of Florida paradise. Not bad digs to live in for 6 months a year.
Rodney MBA and Family
Aside from excelling in football, Rodney likes to learn. He doesn’t just hold a bachelor’s degree but also obtained his Masters in Business in 2016 from the University of S. Mississippi. Having an MBA has to be extremely handy when playing in the NFL!
In July 2020, Rodney Hudson, Pro Bowler, spoke out against the NFL due to a lack of Covid Rules putting his wife at risk. Shortly after his social media blitz, the NFL instituted very strict Covid guidelines.