Many people would assume that former NFL player TJ Houshmandzadeh is of African descent, but he has mixed ancestors. Aside from his genealogy, fans are curious about Houshmandzadeh’s net worth, considering that he earned $15.62 million throughout his career. TJ, like many other sportsmen, had huge fans and substantial wealth as a result of his celebrity, but at the expense of an invasion of privacy. He recently made headlines for obtaining a restraining order against a desperate admirer who has been pestering him and his family since 2015. Touraj Houshmandzadeh Jr. was born on September 26, 1977, and is a former NFL player who played for the Bengals, Seahawks, Ravens, and Raiders from 2001 to 2011.
He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL draft after playing college football at Cerritos College and subsequently at Oregon State. To name a few, the former wide receiver was drafted the same year as LaDainian Tomlinson, Richard Seymour, Michael Vick, and Leonard Davis. Houshmandzadeh left his playing career to become the wide receivers coach (2016-17) and offensive coordinator (2018) at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. The 46-year-old former athlete is an FS1 football commentator. In terms of his personal life, he and his wife, Kaci Houshmandzadeh, have two children.
Is TJ Houshmandzadeh of Iranian descent? Nationality & Parents
Houshmandzadeh is the son of Touraj “TJ” Houshmandzadeh and Deborah Daniels, who are now divorced. Touraj, his father, is Iranian, and Deborah, his mother, is African-American. The former NFL wide receiver was born in Barstow, California, and is of American nationality with Iranian and African ancestors. The surname “Houshmandzadeh” is of Iranian/Persian origin, originating from the Persian name “Hooshmandzadeh,” meaning “son of wisdom or intelligence.” TJ Jr.’s parents divorced while he was a kid, about two years old, according to reports.
His father and mother met at San Diego State University and soon started dating. His parents were not married when he was born, so his father proposed to Deborah while simultaneously wishing to relocate the family to Iran. However, once Houshmandzadeh’s mother refused to relocate, his father abandoned them and has not been in the player’s life since.
TJ Houshmandzadeh’s Net worth
TJ Houshmandzadeh’s net worth is expected to be $5 million in 2023. He made a lot of money during his NFL career, and his post-playing career as a coach and commentator supplemented his earnings. TJ works for FS1 as a football commentator. He formerly served as a wide receivers coach/offensive coordinator at Long Beach Polytechnic High School from 2016 to 2018. According to Spotrac, he earned $15.621 million throughout his 10-year NFL career (a total of 11, although he did not participate in 2003-04).
TJ made $535,924 during his last season in the NFL (2011-12). The former NFL star’s most expensive contract was a five-year, $40 million deal inked on March 2, 2009. This contract paid him an annual income of $8 million on average. TJ has also owned real estate in the United States. He sold his off-season residence in Cincinnati, Ohio, for $289K in 2015. The former Raiders wide receiver sold his five-bedroom Newport Coast house for $4.085 million in March 2018. The home sold for $700,000 more than the $3.458 million price he and his wife Kaci paid in August 2007.
A Desperate Fan Caused Houshmandzadeh Problems
TJ Houshmandzadeh, a former NFL great, requested a restraining order against a female fan in Los Angeles in December 2023. As previously reported, she has been causing problems for his family since 2015. According to TMZ, she is Annette Marie, a 53-year-old lady who officially changed her surname to “Houshmandzadeh” to be near the football star. She allegedly pretended to be TJ’s mother online while simultaneously communicating with his wife. In one of her letters, Annette also mentioned having “several bullets inscribed with the names of each member of the Houshmandzadeh family.” Houshmandzadeh had already secured a restraining order against her in 2015, which had expired in 2019.