Trinity Rodman, the daughter of five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman, was taken second in the NWSL draft and is now looking to make her own name.
Two-time Defensive Player of the Year Dennis Rodman was hugely successful in the NBA, winning two championships with the Detroit Pistons and three with Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.
His sporting excellence is also evident in his children, son DJ and daughter Trinity, both born to third wife Michelle Moyer.
DJ Rodman is a forward for Washington State, averaging 5.2 points and 3.4 rebounds through five games this season, but Trinity Rodman has taken her talents to football.
The 18-year-old enrolled at the same college but never made her bow due to the coronavirus pandemic, although she was nominated for US Soccer’s Young Female Player of the Year award after starring for the United States Under-20 team.
Trinity Rodman was taken second by Washington Spirit, behind USWNT defender Emily Fox in the draft on Wednesday.
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) January 14, 2021
But the forward is keen not to rely on her famous father to catch the eye as she makes her first steps in the professional game.
“[Dennis] was an amazing athlete, and I got those genes from him,” she said. “But I’m excited to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just as Rodman’s daughter.
“I’m excited to pave my own path and get better throughout this journey.”
She added: “To even just be in the draft with my situation and my age is insane, but to be number two to an amazing team is out of this world, like I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Dennis Rodman described Trinity as “the number one soccer player in the world right now” last year in a video message to Andrea Petagna.
He mistakenly believed the Napoli striker was a woman, a comical gaffe shared by the Serie A star on social media.