Rodman was a prizefighter who began his boxing career at Baltimore City College High School. At 14 years of age, he won an intramural fight in a knockout against an 18-year-old senior. He attended University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore where he fought for three years as a Heavyweight. He won 78% of his bouts and went to the finals of the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships where he lost to a two-time NCAA champ in a very close fight. Rodman was in the Maritime Service where he never lost a fight. During that time, he won every title in the Commonwealth of Virginia. When Rodman turned pro, he had two fights and won both by knockout. He was also a high school and college tennis player and, and was a renowned arm wrestling champion. Rodman founded the University of Maryland’s Rodman Golf Tournament, now in its 27th year. The event has raised over $1 million dollars for the University’s athletic programs. He was honored by the University as Distinguished Citizen of the Year, an award whose previous honorees include Gerald Ford, Jonas Salk, Walter Cronkite and Supreme Court Justice Byron White.