Trinity Rodman has said she doesn’t want to be defined only by her famous father after being selected second overall by the Washington Spirit in the NWSL Draft.
The US Youth International is the daughter of former NBA Champion Dennis Rodman, but she is determined to step out of her shadow as she begins her own career in professional sports.
“[Being a professional] has been my dream forever, so it’s unreal to me, “said Rodman after his selection.” The one thing that excites me the most is just learning from it. [At] professionally you will learn more than you can well, really, but I can’t wait to learn.
“With my dad I’m so grateful, obviously he was an amazing athlete and got these genes from him, but I’m so glad to be known as Trinity Rodman and not just Dennis’ daughter. Rodman, so I’m delighted to be making my own way and getting better on this journey. “
Rodman was due to travel to Washington state and play the fall season, but the coronavirus pandemic has caused the season to shift to spring.
Rather than wait for spring, the young American international striker decided to get a head start on her professional career and make her way to the draft before playing a single minute in college.
“Washington state is a great school, great staff, great people. I fell in love as soon as I got there, but I think when Covid hit the environment, I kind of felt stuck in it. ‘a certain way,’ explained Rodman.
“Obviously, the professional level is a higher level [than college] and I know I’m at a point where I could be at that level to be even better than I would be in college, so I was kind of like, ‘let’s go, I want to get better. Let’s go. ‘”
With the first pick in Wednesday night’s draft, expansion franchise Racing Louisville chose Emily Fox of the University of North Carolina. Fox’s varsity teammate Brianna Pinto completed the top three when Sky Blue FC picked her.