Dani Rhodes is an American professional soccer player who is currently playing as a forward for Þróttur Reykjavík, a soccer club in Iceland. The soccer player is also known as the spouse of T.J. Watt, an American Football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. The athletic duo exchanged marriage vows in a star-studded wedding ceremony held in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas on July 9, 2022.
Prior to her career with the Þróttur Reykjavík, Dani played collegiate soccer for the University of Wisconsin–Madison and would then play for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). She had a steller collegiate career as a two-sport athlete and was regarded as one of the best soccer players in the state as well as a leading scorer in Wisconsin for basketball. Her collegiate career sparked a flurry of awards and achievements, including All-Big Ten First Team honors, Big Ten Forward of the year, Gatorade Player of the year honoree, and several others. Here is all you need to know about T.J. Watt’s wife.
Profile Summary of Dani Rhodes
- Full Name: Dani Marie Rhodes Watt
- Date of Birth: April 8, 1998
- Age: 24 years old
- Place of Birth: Waukesha, Wisconsin United States of America
- Ethnicity: White
- Nationality: American
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Education: Waukesha West High School and University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Profession: Professional Soccer player and Business Development Manager
- Position: Forward
- Net Worth: $5 million
- Height: 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm)
- Weight: 51 kg (112 lbs.)
- Marital Status: Married
- Dani Rhodes’s Husband: Trent Jordan T.J. Watt
- Dani Rhodes’s siblings: Dylan Rhodes and Drew Rhodes
- Instagram: @danimariewatt
Where is Dani Rhodes From?
Dani Rhodes is from Waukesha, a part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area in Wisconsin, United States of America. She is a product of the union of Deann and Dan Rhodes and was born Dani Marie Rhodes on April 8, 1998. She holds American nationality and belongs to a white ethnic ground birthed under the Aries zodiac sign.
Dani’s father, Dan Rhodes, reportedly graduated from Claire University and worked for Pharmacyclics as a Regional Director of Business. Not much is known about her mother except that she celebrates her birthday every May 17th. Dani is one of the three children born to her parents; she grew up alongside her two brothers, Drew Rhodes and Dylan Rhodes in the city of Waukesha.
Dani began her athletic exploits at a young age, while studying at Waukesha West High School in her hometown, she joined the school’s soccer team and basketball teams, excelling greatly in both sports. The stunning athlete graduated as a high honor roll student from Waukesha West High and was a member of the school’s leadership council, and community outreach.
Following her impressive exploits in high school, Dani then proceeded to Wisconsin University where she played collegiate soccer and basketball. Alongside her collegiate soccer and basketball career, she majored in life sciences communication with a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Digital Studies and graduated in December 2020.
Dani Rhodes and T.J. Watt got hitched on July 9, 2022
Dani Rhodes married T.J. Watt on July 9, 2022, but their love story extends back to their college days at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. The pair met at the university and began dating in 2016 when Dani was a freshman playing collegiate soccer and Watt was in his final year starring for the school’s football team.
The college sweethearts remained together even after graduating from school. While Dani went on to play for the Chicago Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League alongside her boyfriend’s sister-in-law, Kealia Ohai Watt, T.J. Watt was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. The couple dated for several years before Watt got down on one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend with a ring that features a 2.5-carat flawless colorless triple EX graded diamond with 18k white gold and 1.33 carats of VVS-flawless diamonds in the band.
On July 9, 2021, the couple announced their engagement via their Instagram page. Watt exclaimed on his Instagram post that he was the “luckiest man in the world,” while Dani, in a series of engagement shots, stated that she was elated and blessed that she gets to marry her best friend.
Dina Rhodes officially became Dina Rhodes Watt on July 9, 2022, when she and Watt walked down the aisle hand in hand in a glamorous ceremony that took place at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The bride looked stunning in a white lace floor-length gown, while the groom kept it classy in a black tuxedo with a white dress shirt underneath. The ceremony was witnessed by T.J Watt’s older brothers, Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt, Steelers fullback Derek Watt, as well as Steelers teammate Cameron Heyward, free agent cornerback Joe Haden, and former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier were also in attendance.
Following the glamorous and joyful occasion, the Steelers player shared a series of wedding pictures of himself and his wife on the beach via his Instagram page, captioned “Best day of my life. Since exchanging marriage vows, the college sweethearts have received a flurry of congratulatory messages from well-wishers, including Amy Paternoster, Kenny Pickett, Hillary Trubisky, wife of quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and Amy Paternoster, who is engaged to rookie signal-caller Kenny Pickett.
Dani Rhodes Played Both Soccer and Basketball in College
T.J Watt isn’t the only talented athlete in the marriage, as Dani is also a talented soccer and basketball player in her own right. The Wisconsin native starred for her high school soccer team as a forward player and she earned several awards and recognitions, including the 2014/2015 Wisconsin Girls Soccer Gatorade Player of the year award. She was also recognized as one of the state elite recruits as well as one of the best prep players in the country.
During her junior year at Waukesha West High School, she tallied a school record of 44 goals and 11 assists which earned her 2015 NSCAA All-American and the 2015 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Player of the year awards. Dani continued to impress, and as a prolific scorer for the Wolverines, she held the school record for most goals in a game. She recorded 25 goals and six assists in 2014, and she tallied 19 goals as a freshman in 2013.
Besides soccer, Dani also participated in basketball and was part of the school’s basketball team. A four-year varsity starter as well as a team captain for the Waukesha West basketball team, she led the Wolverines to a 22-3 record and the Classic 8 Conference Championship. During her junior year, Dani was named to the Division I all-state team, was a first-team all-conference selection, and finished runner-up for conference player of the year.
By the end of her high school basketball career, Dani surpassed 1000 career points and held the school’s all-time scoring record, and broke the single-game scoring record with 36 points.
Dani Rhodes was a Teammate of Her Brother-in-Law’s wife Kealia Ohai Watt
At the University of Wisconsin, Dani established herself as an outstanding and prolific scorer with great attacking skills. She starred on the University of Wisconsin’s soccer team, the badgers, from 2016-2019. She scored her first collegiate goal against Illinois State on August 19, 2016, and went on to be named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2016.
During her final year, Dani started all 22 games for the team and recorded an impressive 13 goals. Her outstanding performance earned her All-Big Ten First Team Honors, the Big Ten Forward of the year award, and a vote to the coach’s All-America team. She was also named to the All-Big Ten first team.
According to head coach Paula Wilkins, she holds up the ball well, creates scoring chances, and is very quick.
Following her collegiate career, Dani signed with the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women Soccer League debut and debuted for the team on September 12, 2020. While playing for the Red Stars, she was teammates with brother-in-law J.J. Watt’s wife, Kealia Ohai Watt, who also made her debut the same year. She participated in three out of Chicago’s four matches during the 2020 Fall Series before the league decided to cancel the games due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Months after her NWSL debut, Dani signed with an Icelandic club Þróttur Reykjavík of the top-tier Úrvalsdeild kvenna in July 2021. She exhibited great skills in her debut as she scored Þróttur’s third goal in its 4–0 victory in the Icelandic Cup semi-finals.
Awards and Achievements
- All-Big Ten First Team (2019)
- Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (2019)
- Big Ten Preseason Honors List (2019)
- Big Ten Preseason Honors List (2018)
- MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List (2018)
- Big Ten Player of the Week (2018)
- Midwest All-Region First Team (2017)
- All-Big Ten Second Team (2017)
What is Dani Rhodes’ Net Worth?
Besides her athletic exploits, Dani is currently serving as a Business Development Manager at CareRev. According to her LinkedIn page, she also served as a waitress at Cornerstone Restaurant from July 2015 to July 2019. As of 2022, Dani has a net worth of around $5 million from her career as a soccer player and her position as a business development manager at CareRev.
On the other hand, her better half, T.J. Watt, has accumulated a net worth of around $10 million from his career as an NFL player as well as from endorsement deals with brands like Reebok and Six Start Pro-Nutrition.