Steelers star TJ Watt and former Wisconsin football player Dani Rhodes wed in stunning resort wedding in Mexico


Nothing is more picturesque than the wedding of TJ Watt and Dani Rhodes.

Watt and Rhodes, the athletic couple from Waukesha County, tied the knot at a private resort in front of family and friends Saturday night in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

As the sun set and the rocks slowly caught the waves, former University of Wisconsin star athletes walked hand-in-hand down the beach at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, according to the publications. on social networks.

To top off the night, in something made for the movies, fireworks went off as couples danced on the terrace overlooking the ocean.

The wedding took place about a year after the two got engaged.

The Watt family gave us a sneak peek on social media of the week’s festivities in what looked like paradise.

From days on the boat to fancy dinners overlooking the clear blue water, nothing could be more beautiful than this.

Wedding guests included TJ’s current and former college and NFL teammates, including Alec James and Joe Schobert in Wisconsin and the likes of Joe Haden, Ryan Shazier and Cam Heyward in Pittsburgh.

TJ Watt exits Defensive Player of the Year season

The wedding comes weeks before the start of training camp for Watt, who is coming off a historic season. He not only won his first Defensive Player of the Year award, but he tied the league’s single-season sack record with 21 ½.

TJ Watt and his then-fiancée Dani Rhodes attend the 11th Annual NFL Honors at YouTube Theater on February 10, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Watt took home the Defensive Player of the Year award later that night. Watt and Rhodes tied the knot in a destination wedding Saturday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Watt and Rhodes have been together since their days at the University of Wisconsin, where they shone in their respective sports.

Watt overcame early injuries and a change in position to become an All-American linebacker. After a breakout junior season, Watt was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s been a dominant force since day one and last year signed the biggest contract in NFL history for a defensive player.

He’s already a three-time NFL All-Pro as he enters his sixth season with the Steelers in 2022.

During his Defensive Player of the Year acceptance speech at the NFL Honors in February, Watt thanked Rhodes for being his “#1 supporter.”

Watt, 27, graduated from Pewaukee High School in 2013, while Rhodes, 24, graduated from Waukesha West in 2016.

Dani Rhodes was an All-American football star in Wisconsin

Rhodes was a multi-sport star in high school. She was an all-state basketball player and left West as the school’s career leader. Football is where she really left her mark. She was a two-time Gatorade State Girls Player of the Year and led the Wolverines to three appearances in the state.

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Dani Rhodes had one of the best careers in Wisconsin women’s soccer history, becoming an All-American and was the 2019 Big Ten Forward of the Year.

She then pursued a banner career at UW, where she achieved All-American status her senior year and was the Big Ten Forward of the Year in 2019. She scored both goals for the team in of two NCAA Tournament wins in 2019. Rhodes also holds the school record for most goals (four) and points (eight) scored in a game, which she did in a tournament in the NCAA in 2018, and is No. 4 in program history for career goals (38).

She played professionally in Iceland last year.

The Watt brothers have fun in Mexico for their wedding

The wedding is the last personal milestone for the Watt family this offseason. Older brother JJ, who is about to enter his second season with the Arizona Cardinals, and his wife Kealia announced last month that they were expecting their first child this fall.

While on hand for the wedding, JJ mentioned that even being six months pregnant, Kealia doesn’t take days off from her workoutwhile making fun of his younger brothers and a few NFL buddies.

The couple, who had their own destination wedding in the Bahamas in February 2020, sure delivered their “beach chic” looks throughout the trip.

The Watt brothers also gave us one of the best looks of the week. TJ, JJ and Derek, who in 2020 all played together in an NFL game for the first time, wore matching tropical-themed shirts and bucket hats before taking a boat ride.

Derek, who teams up with TJ in Pittsburgh, also looked lively throughout the week.

While posing for photos with his wife, Gabriella, Derek, who is entering his seventh season in the NFL, joked on Twitter earlier in the week that “mom and dad always got it.” Derek and Gabriella have two young boys.

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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: TJ Watt and Dani Rhodes Marry at Resort Wedding in Mexico


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