Donald Penn is a three-time Pro Bowl American football player who currently plays in the National Football League for the Oakland Raiders.
The Offensive tackle, who spent a huge chunk of his professional career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has the record for the most consecutive regular season starts at 170 having never missed a regular season game since entering the league as a rookie until December 25, 2017, when he was sidelined by a foot surgery.
Donald Penn Biography
Penn was born on the 27th of April, 1983 as Donald Ward Penn, one of two children parented by Nancy and Donald Penn Sr. in Los Angeles, California where he was also raised.
As a child, Penn showed impressive athletic abilities and a desire to become either a pro basketball or football player. He attended Saint Bernard Catholic High School where he achieved letterman status in both sports. In basketball, Penn was an All-State selection while in football, after making a second-team All-League selection as a junior, he went on to make the first-team All-League selection as well as first team All-California Interscholastic Federation selection while also being named his team’s Lineman of the Year.
After graduating high school in 2001, he attended Utah State University where he majored in sociology. He also featured heavily for their football team which competed in the Mountain West Conference. Penn started a school record-tying 44 games at both tackle positions and was noted to have never allowed a sack throughout his college career.
After graduating, Donald Penn was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent on the 5th of May, 2006. His first year in the league was full of ups and downs as he was waived a few months later on the 2nd of September 2006 by the team but was however resigned to the practice squad the following day. On October 4, 2006, Penn left Minnesota and signed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he worked hard to prove that he was built for the big leagues. In 2009, the Buccaneers rewarded him with a one-year $2.792 million contract to stay with the team.
After that contract expired, Donald Penn, who had now proven to be pivotal to his team’s success, signed a six-year $43 million contract. A few months after putting pen to paper, the Los Angeles native scored his first career touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. In 2014, after having spent eight years with Tampa, Penn was released by the team, leaving room for him to head back home to sign for the Oakland Raiders who as of the time of writing, he still plays for.
Who is His Wife?
Donald Penn is married to Dominique Penn who used to star in the E! reality TV show WAGS and owns the children’s boutique, Strollers and More!. It is not exactly clear when the couple met each other or began dating but they, however, exchanged vows in June 2012 and have three children; sons Donald III and Dominick, and a daughter named Demi.
The couple was recently in the news after Dominique accused her husband of infidelity on social media with actress and model Camilla Poindexter. In the 2016 Instagram post, Mrs. Penn wrote; “My husband cheated on me with this hood rat. She knew he was married from jump!! He knew that he was married! They did this to my family! You don’t get brownie points for f***ing a married man for a check thinking he was gonna leave his wife!”
It has further been reported that the athlete even fathered a child, a daughter named Dylan Noelle Poindexter with his mistress. Despite all the drama, the couple still lived together, at least until the summer of 2018 after they both revealed that they were going through a nasty divorce. The statement came after TMZ reported that police were called to the Penn home following a verbal and maybe physical altercation.
What is His Net Worth?
Donald Penn is reported to have an estimated net worth of around $28 million. The three-time Pro Bowl player amassed his wealth through his salaries over the years in the NFL. In 2018, he signed a two year $18,700,000 contract extension with the Oakland Raiders that will have him remain with the team until 2020 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Donald Ward Penn
Date of Birth: April 27, 1983
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m)
Weight: 315 pounds (143 kg)
Profession: American Football Player