Rod Milstead

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Rod Milstead
Delaware State Hornets
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1969-11-10) November 10, 1969 (age 50)
Washington, D.C.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school:Lackey (MD)
College:Delaware State
NFL Draft:1992 / Round: 5 / Pick: 121
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:56
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Roderick Leon Milstead (born November 10, 1969) is the current head football coach at Delaware State University. He is a former American football guard in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. He played college football at Delaware State University.

Early years[edit]

Milstead attended Lackey High School, where he was a two-time All-State offensive lineman and helped lead his team to a Class B state championship in 1986. He participated in the Big 33 Football Classic game between the Maryland and Pennsylvania All-stars. He also practiced track.

He accepted a football scholarship from Delaware State University, where he became a four-year starter at left guard. As a junior, he helped Delaware State average 298.7 rushing yards per game and 5.2 yards per rush. Finishing the season as the NCAA Division I-AA No. 2 ranked rushing offense, including a school record 518-yard rushing performance against Towson State University. As a senior, he helped his team register 380 yards rushing against Northeastern University.

He never missed a game or a practice, while making 42 straight starts at left guard. He was selected first-team All-MEAC three straight years and also received Division I-AA All-American honors in 1991.[1]

In 2003, he was inducted into the Delaware State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Milstead was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 1992 NFL Draft. On August 25, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a conditional draft choice (not exercised).

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On September 3, 1992, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a nerve problem in his back. He was released by the Cleveland Browns on September 1, 1993.[2] He was later re-signed and spent 11 games on the inactive list. He was waived on August 28, 1994.[3]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Milstead was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on September 15, 1994.[4] The next year, he started a career-high 12 games.

He was released at the end of training camp on August 25, 1997 and later re-signed in October, that season he went on to appear in 4 games and was inactive in 5.

Washington Redskins[edit]

On March 3, 1998, he was signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins and went on to start 11 games.[5] In 1999, he was inactive for the first 5 games, before being released on October 23. He was re-signed on November 9, 1999, after Keith Sims was injured.[6]

Denver Broncos[edit]

In 2000, he signed with the Denver Broncos and was released on August 17.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Milstead coached the Lackey High School football team to 2 state appearances at Ravens stadium. He coached the offensive line at Delaware State University. In 2016, he took over as the head football coach at La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland.[8] Milstead was named head football coach at Delaware State on January 30, 2018.[9]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Delaware State Hornets (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2018–present)
2018 Delaware State 3–8 2–5 T–8th
2019 Delaware State 1–5 0–4
Delaware State: 4–13 2–9
Total: 4–13


  1. ^ "Porcher makes A-A; Edwards on second team". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Some veterans fall as teams make cuts". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Football". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Clemons faces fine for low blow". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "DSU Hall-Of-Famer And Former Pro Rod Milstead, Andrew Faison Join Hornet Staff". Retrieved February 19, 2016.

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