It is known that many NFL players lose their relevance in the media after they hang up their jersey and retire from the sport. For some, it is intentional, while for others, it is a result of a failed attempt to transition into another role, either as a TV personality or a football analyst. So far, Rashad Jennings, who plied his trade for the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants while he was a player, has continued to remain relevant.
Rashad Jennings retired in December 2017 but through appearances in shows like Dancing with the Stars and appearances in film and TV shows like Power, he has remained a relevant part of celebrity conversation.
Rashad Jennings’ Biography
His background and the challenges of his childhood days did not point towards a career in one of the most lucrative leagues in the world but that is exactly what Rashad Jennings has gone on to do. He was born on the 26th of March, 1985 in Forest, Virginia to parents, Albert Jennings and Deborah Jennings.
Although his football career started in high school, Rashad Jennings, growing up, did not project the image of an athletic child as he battled asthma, obesity and wore eyeglasses. Nevertheless, his interest in the sport made him try out for his high school team and was selected as a fifth string player.
Attending Jefferson Forrest High School, he was only able to play the last game of his junior year after all four players ahead of him suffered injuries. This unfortunate coincidence gave Rashad Jennings a chance to show the team what he can do and he did, delivering a performance that drew the attention of a scout who was watching the game.
With the encouragement offered to him by the scout, Rashad transferred to Lynchburg Christian Academy where he began to work on his weight as he continued to build on the inherent talent he showed at his former high school. At the end of his high school career, Rashad Jennings finished as a two-time All-VISAA Division II selection.
His improved performances at high school level got him a football scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh and he played for the school for a year before transferring to Liberty University where he played for two years before moving on to the NFL.
Rashad Jennings was drafted as the 250th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and he played for the team for three years between 2009 and 2012. After leaving Jacksonville, he played for the Oakland Raiders for one year before moving on the New York Giants where he played from 2014 to 2016 and retired from the game.
Since he retired, Rashad Jennings has featured on the show, Dancing with the Stars, competing in the 24th season of the show, winning the competition to become the fourth NFL player to win the show. In the same year, he returned to the show as a competitor in a special trio Cha-cha-cha game and in 2018, he was a guest judge on the show.
Outside of his appearances on Dancing with the Stars, Rashad Jennings as also appeared in an episode of the Starz show, Power and an episode of Great News.
After playing for two teams in the NFL across eight seasons, Rashad Jennings has accrued a total net worth of $5 million from his multimillion-dollar contracts as a player.
While it is known that his wealth comes primarily from his time in the NFL, Rashad Jennings is also a known investor in multiple businesses.
Is Rashad Jennings Married? Does He Have A Wife or Girlfriend?
Rashad Jennings spent over six years playing in the NFL and not once during his career did he reveal any significant information about his personal life, and since his retirement, he has continued in the same vein. If Rashad Jennings is in a relationship or single, that is a detail that is so far unknown to the media as a whole as he has chosen to keep his personal life away from the media.
The only known relationship Rashad Jennings has been in ended in 2014 when he shared a rare tidbit about his personal life, telling the media that he had called it quits with his longterm girlfriend, who he was engaged to at the time.
While the former running back continues to keep his personal life private, at least he hasn’t hesitated to show love to the people as shown in 2018 when he walked out to Times Square in New York and handed out roses to different people on Valentine’s Day.