Rhonda Rookmaaker is an American hairdresser and celebrity spouse. She is mostly known as the wife of veteran American football star, Jimmy Johnson. Johnny currently works as a head coach of Dallas Cowboys.
Rhonda has been married to Jimmy for over two decades, however, only a few things about her are revealed in the media as of yet. So, today we are exploring all the hidden truths of Rhonda Rookmaaker’s life. Read it through.
Rhonda Rookmaaker Lives a Blissfully Married Life
Rhonda Rookmaker is married to Jimmy Johnson since 1999. The lovebirds exchanged vows on July 17, 1999, in the Florida Keys. They held their wedding privately at Johnson’s oceanfront home. It was the second marriage for both of them.
Rhonda met her husband, Johnson in 1984 while he was a football coach at the University of Miami and she was a hairdresser at a Coral Gables salon.
At the time, Jimmy was still married to his first wife and five years later, after he joined the Dallas Cowboys as the head coach, he abruptly ended his marriage with Linda. Back then, Jimmy told the reporters he no longer needed the social prop of a spouse.
Rookmaaker moved to Dallas shortly after Jimmy joined the Cowboys and the pair took their relationship to another level. Fifteen years after their first meeting, Rhonda and Jimmy became engaged in January 1998.
As per The Oklahoman, Johnson announced his engagement in a news conference in which he was supposed to announce his retirement, however, at the last moment, he decided to stay.
Short Biography of Jimmy Johnson-
Jimmy Johnson was born James William Johnson on July 16, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas. He completed his high school education at Thomas Jefferson High School currently known as Memorial High School in Port Arthur. Johnson was a classmate of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Janis Joplin.
Jimmy started playing football in his high school days. As a player, he won the National Championship in 1964, and two SWC Championship (in 1961 and 1964). He is a more accomplished football coach than he was a player.
Johnson’s first job as a football coach was at Oklahoma State University where he served from 1979 to 1983. Then he coached at the University of Miami for four years since 1984.
Johnson joined NFL as a head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 and remained there for the next four years. His time with the Cowboys can be considered the golden era of his coaching career as he led the team to their two consecutive Super Bowl victories.
From 1996 to 1999, Johnson served as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins which was the final four years of his coaching career. In 2020, former footballer and coach, Jimmy Johnson was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Rhonda Rookmaaker is a Stepmother to Jimmy’s Two Children
Rhonda’s husband, Johnson was previously married and has two children with his ex-wife. Johnson married Linda Kay Cooper on July 12, 1963. The pair gave birth to two sons, Brent Johnson and Chad Johnson. Nearly 27 years after Jimmy and Linda exchanged vows, they ended their marriage in a divorce. The ex-husband-and-wife finalized their divorce on January 17, 1990.
As per the Sun-Sentinel, Johnson’s younger son, Chad battled with alcoholism for a long time. Chad, who used to work as a stockbroker, got addicted to alcohol so much that his father had to reprimand him of their relationship. Jimmy told his son:
“Not only will you be out of the family, but there’s also going to be no communication. Because I’m not going to stand by and watch this happen.”
After that, he gradually returned to sobriety. Afterward, in 2009, Chad decided to help others get rid of their addiction and founded a treatment center, Tranquil Shores in St. Petersburg.
She is in Her Sixties
Rhonda Rookmaaker was born in the United States during the mid-1950s. Some online tabloids have mentioned her birthday to be July 1, 1954, however, since we lack some official sources, we can’t claim the date. Nonetheless, Rookmaaker is in her sixties. Details about her parents and early childhood days are not available as of now.
Talking about her profession, the only thing known about her career is she worked as a hairdresser before she started her relationship with Jimmy Johnson.
What is Rhonda’s Husband’s Net Worth?
Rhonda’s husband, Jimmy Johnson is a former footballer and current football coach. He has accomplished several trophies as a player and as a coach. Johnson has earned a good sum of money from his career. As of 2020, Johnson has a net worth of $45 million.
Besides his career in football, Jimmy has also a significant part of his net worth from his restaurant business over the years. He is an owner of a restaurant named Three Rings in Miami. Further, he also owns a bar/restaurant, JJ’s Big Chill in Key Largo.
Talking about his real estate properties, he has a home in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. His house was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Since buying the house in the ’90s, Johnson spent around two decades renovating the home to turn it into a mansion.