When Daniel Rodriguez puts on No. 83 and runs onto the field for Clemson’s football practice on Friday, he will accomplish something more meaningful than most any other player in college football.You see, Rodriguez is a former soldier in the Army, and he and a comrade stationed in Afghanistan, Pfc. Kevin Thompson, talked about what they would do with their lives when they returned to the United States. A former high school football player in Virginia, Rodriguez promised Thompson he would pursue playing football.A few days later, Rodriguez and Thompson were among nearly 40 U.S. troops attacked by about 400 Taliban. Eight were killed, including Thompson.Rodriguez left Kamdesh with shrapnel in his leg and neck, and a bullet fragment through his shoulder. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal of Valor. He also received a Purple Heart and was promoted to staff sergeant before an honorable discharge in 2010.With Thompson’s words etched in his heart, Rodriguez began his football journey with a committed workout regimen. His workouts went viral on YouTube recorded them and put posted them on the video site. Rodriguez received inquiries from about 50 schools, including Clemson and coach Dabo Swinney.Swinney, a former walk-on at Alabama who eventually became a scholarship receiver, related to Rodriguez and was eager to give him a chance. His grades were not good enough to get into Virginia and Virginia Tech was not willing to get the waivers from the NCAA and ACC for him to play. Swinney said the Tigers were committed.“He is getting the opportunity to follow his dream,” Swinney said. “We are excited to have him join our program. I have no doubt that he will become a great leader for us.”“I’m using the hardships, the horrors, the killing, the friends that I’ve lost as my fuel to (get) where I want to be,” Rodriguez said. “So I think if you can turn and manipulate anything negative in your life and use it as something good, that’s what I’ve taken into my life.”
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00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thousands of families have been displaced from their homes because of the devastating fires raging across California. Some are on pins and needles waiting to hear if their house is okay. Some have nothing left.From the tragic mass shooting Thursday morning to the roaring wildfires that started the very same day, one community was rocked to the core.“You hear tragedy that happens and crisis that happens, but it’s someplace else,” said Clayton Coates, Evacuee from Camarillo. “Now this was familiar. This was a place that we knew about. These were people that we knew.”The Coates family started their Thursday with news of the massacre in the quiet community of Thousand Oaks, just a couples miles from their home.“Break your heart is a phrase that just doesn’t justify that deep pain and anguish you feel when you see true loss,” said Clayton. “Lives will never be the same.”Their day ended with flames.“Thursday started with tragedy from the shooting, to paying our respects, to trying to help people cope, to putting together a video about grief to all of the sudden fires coming our way,” said Clayton. “We’re evacuating.”The Woolsey and Hill fire ripped through parts of Los Angeles, including Camarillo in Ventura County, where the Coates family lives. Their family of eight was forced to evacuate Thursday afternoon.“It’s so overwhelming. You can’t wrap your mind all around it at that time,” said Allison Coates, Wife of Clayton. “You’re just going minute by minute, not knowing what to expect next. Will our neighborhood be safe? Will we get to go home tonight?”Clayton and Allison are safe, staying in San Diego, but they painted a vivid picture, explaining the roaring flames and the dark ominous cloud of smoke overtaking their neighborhood, their home.“There was meat for dinner that was out on the counter and things that Allison was going to prepare. I just left them,” said Clayton. “I just wanted to know where my family was. I wanted us to be together because that’s what’s on my heart. That’s the most important thing.”They escaped what looked like the Apocalypse with nothing but what they had on and no plan of where to go.“My stomach got like a bunch of butterflies in it and my heart just like sunk,” said Tatum Coates, Daughter of Clayton and Allison.San Diegans did what they do — Welcomed them with open arms.“They’ve been so good to us. I just can’t go on enough about how the community has come together, but it’s just the beginning,” said Clayton.The family said their going to be okay. Their house is still standing, but their hearts break for the people who have lost everything and have nowhere to call home.“I just can’t put into words,” said Allison. “It’s indescribable the pain they will forever be dealing with.”“People’s lives have been forever changed and so the community together, I believe we’re just seeing the beginning of the community of Thousand Oaks, of Calabasas, of Camarillo, the community of Southern California,” said Clayton. “I believe we are just seeing the beginning of something really beautiful that can come out of something so tragic.”Some of the evacuations have been lifted and the Coates family will return to their home Monday night. , Posted: November 12, 2018 November 12, 2018 Displaced Camarillo family finds help in San Diego Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter