Who Are Rome Odunze’s Parents? Everything You Need To Know About James Odunze and Necia Bunnell

Get to know Rome Odunze's parents, one of the top college receivers who was a runner-up in the national championship with Washington.

After a successful college career with the Washington Huskies, Rome Odunze is one of the top wide receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft.

As a high school senior in 2019, Odunze was the Nevada Gatorade Football Player of the Year out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, the same school that recently produced Cleveland Browns draft picks Cedric Tillman and Dorian Thompson-Robinson, along with Houston Texans tight end Brevin Jordan.

Odunze was a national championship runner-up with Washington in 2024 and put up 3,272 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns during his four seasons with the Huskies. He was a consensus All-American in 2023 and received first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2022 and 2023.

Right away, Odunze received playing time and played in all four games during the shortened 2020 COVID-19 season, tallying six receptions for 72 yards. His college production would increase every year, becoming a permanent starter in 2022.

On top of his success as a receiver, during his final two seasons, Odunze was sometimes utilized as a kick returner and was featured out of the backfield. He rushed for two touchdowns and has a kick-return touchdown in college as well.

But behind every young, blossoming athlete is a strong supporting cast, including parents who are supportive and nurturing. Let’s get to know Odunze’s parents.

A Look At Rome Odunze’s Parents

James Odunze and Necia Bunnell welcomed their son into the world on June 3, 2002.

Getting To Know Odunze’s Father

While there’s not too much public information on James, we know that he’s responsible for naming his son after his strong passion for history, particularly the Roman Empire.

“My pops just really liked the Roman Empire, with some of the key, cool things within it,” Odunze said. “In how far and expanded in some of the things they do and some of the cultural influence they’ve had on the world.”

Getting To Know Odunze’s Mother

While some mothers are hard to find details about because of a lack of online presence, Odunze’s mother is a prominent and well-known real estate agent in the Las Vegas area.

Bunnell works for Coldwell Banker Premier Realty in Nevada and has two websites registered for her real estate businesses, along with an active Instagram page highlighting new listings and some photos featuring her family.

Does Odunze Have any Siblings?

According to some social media posts, it appears that Odunze does have a few siblings.

Odunze’s brothers are named Promise Odunze and Christian Vaughn, but not much is publicly known about them.

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