Rod Payne first attracted national attention while playing center for the Michigan football program from 1992–1996. His teammates voted him most valuable player following his senior season, a campaign in which he also served as co-captain and earned All-America honors. He played three years with the Cincinnati Bengals and completed his four-year NFL career with the 2000 Super Bowl–champion Baltimore Ravens. A native of Miami, Rod is a former board member of the Michigan Letterwinners M Club Alumni Association and speaks regularly for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He coaches the football and wrestling teams at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He lives in Boca Raton with his wife Carie and their child.
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