Born in Elmhurst, Illinois, Rodenhauser started football very young, went through high school, and eventually played college football at Illinois State University. He then spent some time in the Arena Football League before achieving his childhood goal of playing in the NFL in 1987.
Rodenhauser enjoyed his time in the NFL, spending twelve years with seven different franchises. Having entered the league at 26, Rodenhauser appreciated the opportunity to do what he loved, and his identity remained the same. His humble and resilient perspective helped ease the challenge of transitioning into the next stage of his professional life.