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Daniel Rodriguez | Average to Savage EP8

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This is the eighth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring Daniel Rodriguez. Paul Guarino talked with Daniel Rodriguez discussing his experience in the army, playing football at Clemson University, and what he's doing post-football. Follow Daniel Rodriguez https://soundcloud.com/dan-rodriguez-254303073 https://twitter.com/DanielRod_83 https://www.instagram.com/_drod8/ https://www.facebook.com/danielrod83/ Fueled by Hemp Hydrate www.hemphydrate.com

This is the average this averagepodcast with Valgarino everyone and anyone athletes selectsand much more. What's up everybody, I'm back forepisode, a of average sevage podcast. I got special guest, Daniy Aderigez.What's up Dan Wat, an how's it going ICALL Gaman? How ae you doing goodtalking to you? Yeah Yeah! Finally got you on Tord hard to catch Ou Kno! I mean that's my nature, yeah forsure. So for the listers that don't know you could give me a briefintroduction over. So my name is Daniel Rodrea and that's involts of whyrelevancy in my name even existis, because I was a part of what's known asthe bloodyes battle Mor in Afghanistan, I have twenty seven months of combat ofPurple Hard Pron, sor metal vallor went on to use my ci Buil to go to Climtonuniversity walk on, have the opportunity to earn scholarshiplanernees that was sleany played in thirty Sixen secive games, including ametal volnerable th. Thirty, seventh undrafted to the SAMT Louis now la Ramplayed in for free, using games with kancussed against Kansas City walkedaway from the game and Tankis Man. Knowing that that was not the rout Iwanted to take or carry, I wanted to chase anymore, having reached thepennacle of what some say Dheana Bild consist of, but aver since that incollege I became a fetfline autor on the speaker circuit full time I get todabble in different things that life kind of throws my way and I've beenable to try to structure my life according where I do what I want, andthe investment itself is important for me. The time that Im Sussesse to do andput energy into projects andto new friendships relationships, woutd haveyou is imperative and the ability to kind of be my home boss has always beenprecedent. In my nature, so that' kind of where I met O' the check of alltrades, OV, worn many haps in my life, I've seen a lot of different variousroads and that's a bit of a Synopsis About My Life Yeah for sure that wasright on point. So so you come out o you come out of high school right andthen you you went to the army shure out of high school. I did literally about aMonkh and half after I graduated to...

...something justcovencing, Your LifeChange, haps and her navigational direction. So I wasopfotoe the military before I knew it and yeah. I was right after Criswathigh school tats, an how long were you in there for for years. I did arm fouryears. What was the experience like to be frank, the militarys most racistplace. I've ever worked felt that it was a melting part ofchaos, but at the same time, at the end of it, you become united tea uniformsomehow, because when people are soting at you, you don't really think much ofanything else besides survival. So it's a very unique workplace environment,especially being on the front line the Board and facing aunting experiences, but in n that showI mean it gives me perspective. It gives me diversity gives me acompetitive et in life. I believe, because I've been able to experienceand survive extreme circumstances and live to talk about him, and you know, on top of that hemilitary pade for my education and its been a building block to the numerousos things that have come. So my experience is vary. Is the rollercoaster woud on Anya Amuser Park team ride, so you know I'm kind of in thesame boat. I take the good t, the good at that was bad, but I never kind ofsugar tob. What my experience was because everybody's is different forsure, look that realness, and so how did you end up going to Climson? I wasrecruited. There Mani, put out a recruiment video that Wen viral onYoutub Coch, blenes predecessors excus me one o his bosses. If you will sendhim an email in the board members an he clicked it solid. He Game Mo a call,and it was just by fance that you know people had grown interest in my video and akind of inspired people to Char it and Cosona as very persistent about gettingme to go there. He was mean on top of getting the transfer waver. I was e nonqualifyer coming out of high school,...

...but I was five years omove. You knowHa'd already been in the military, so there w's a lot of things that need togo into play and Punchd in and coact when you were just you know, on top ofit, and I just felt that this was oin to be a place. I could call home andyou know I knew from early on that that was you know where I was gointo end up.It eerything worked out and it did for sure for sure and what was yourexperience like being a Climson, not just as football player but as astudent? It was in ecessary experience. I would say, because you know you losea lot of yourself- that war you're here in unique position to come backtoreadjustice civilian life and on top of that have recognition as a ward, Eroand playing for a division top division school. That's got national recognition,there's a lot of things that came with that, and I felt that you know therewas a posterboy mentality and this ban, the other. That was very boosufficating at times, but I also knew that what I enjoyed in life was givingme an opportunity to kind of reshate terestructure my way of thinking myability to grow as a person to meet you. People in my life, nothe coachingstaffs relationships, T I built sultimately Gi going to clumston sic alife baby monly. It was just a life sating. You know timeline in my lifebecause it kind of let me get a lot back in my life. As far as you know, my work eftic in a loo in theclassroom and just the way that I deed life and had you around MOU again. Thatwas almost not even a sense. It was just the balance of severity to realityor a new reality, and I felt it was very worthwhile. A my time is dedicatedeverything I had to school because I wanted to graduate and have thatresulato. It was poa as a great experience. I loved it. I love thecommunity. I love me birth, t relationships. I had in the energy thatthe campus had it on a daily basis, theres a lot of fun for Surewhen. Doyou say college es feel like a dery Ay yeah. So what do you say? Collegesfeelt. Like a dream, I mean there's a lot of work, dreams come with sleep andI don't didn't say much in college. You know Yo got as a lock on you had to beup for the formate for the earlier...

...early work op so but it was definitelyliving my dream, as you will. I remember reflecting back several timesto times and or and Times on, your coups to seing college footballthinking to yourself you're going to be there one day and then you know you'rerunning down the hill. So it's definitely a fulfilling fulfillingfeelling y for sure accomplish something like that andknowing a that's. What you've been sanset forh to do and is done, go toand then who approach you write your book rise. I did a Specalon DPP and nmng omat,like the Pi Director of Agta Awas, good friends, with the my go irtor Jo Latanwere connected hit was something that they approach me for how ofwalkenthough the steps and people really really like the pitch and havethe opportunity to have a ghostrider really work, Hin hand, somebody that Ihwas doing a good job. That was that was where the book came. Fuc. No, Iknow you've been doing a lot of public speaking and stuff like that, and it'slike wr. Where have you been doing it and like? What's what are some like? DoPlaces you've been to Oh man? I've been all over. I think I, the last threeyears, I've given probably around Iftgino speeches been able to Goy speakat West Point, Virginia military ins to different veteran organizations,forceanpoer companies, coaches and the bell teams as been a broad spectrum ofwhat I've been able to speak in very grateful for the opportunities, becauseyou know it's a uni career but at the same time it's such a gratifyingfeeling, knowing that people find ipiration from your story and everytime you kind of get o share with somebody in a different different life in a different bubble.If you will like it's really cool because then you just come moreconnected with more people, and you realize how simplistic humanity reallyis and how great and along ones can get an can get with each other. People canget along with each other, and I think, the more I travel more get outside ofeverything that you know I kind of Ben...

...consumed by that's. What helps meultimately grow and give message on stages, because I don't want to be thesame or Donan see. Ou know I don't want to Havpe on day. Myse want to becontinuing to evolve and to inspire and see more formen without their self andkind of in. U Unique Position Wher! I can speak about it and I want tocontinue to be off Thanki when I'm on stage and what I speak about is whatI'm actually living so for me, I kind of just have to foe and play by yearwhen I get the opportunity, you speak because at the end of the day like Iwant to have something fresh and of topic for the Crod that I'm cotentingto yeah, it's going NA be on my next Ot. How do you prepare for like each one?Do you have to like do a little different when you know like? If it'ssay, if you did like a college versus, I don't know like a big company orsomething it baries on tames, ind different depend on the teme of theconference. So a lot of places will have you know Slovian or some type ofover all message that they want me to relay and Menall Tie Takin shoos fror,my Catalogu as far as my life goes with stories represent, because that theother day I don't call myself a spekret. I tell people on the storyteller andit's based off absolute events. You know through then, so you no. I have aplenty of stories as far as when people want me to relate to ir to theiraudience or so their employees, so whether that be some more from thefootball seetor just life in general. You know I really kind of just cuisefor my catalogue and tell Yonto play and try to get something that U sitbingan an Genuan to the crowd and make sure that it fits the teans and overallmessages that the people who hire you want to ket Te Biln hit sure have yougot hired to do any commencement speeches I've done to yea. Were youdoing? One was like good graduation for beteran thing, Downin, Texas and s justone, the second one. I wasn't a Commenaa speech. I jus watching O and Iremember hearing about rumors about like a movie coming about about you. Isthere any updates on that? I mean it's Allen. Speculations in this tim Y, MANPpeolea still make something so just...

...playn fasially an something happens:you'll be the person ow for sure and what do you? What else? What otherprojucts? Are you working on Nowi Se ovangelist for tempwater calledHemhydrate has been n a madn opportunity, Ono financa business andlobal distribution, Bankas Tryingo, getting a crashon Te one course on thatand that's no CBD realm have Estra so really exciting, sing ont of a newindustry efvolved in the US really being on the front line fo like lastyear and a half with the laws with galty the different things that wantneeds to be informed in with in this field. So it's been cool, that's kindof something that I'm putting myself into now. I Yo let 'll have a goodopportunity to grow in that spate and yeah kind of what'. What I'm lookingfor now sure I keep on seeing CBD waters everywhere. So what makes yourwater different one I'm behind it, not so we're the firstthe first ut we haveCVD on tha molicular level, so ters water, the TVD is broping, auto the Tamcods water molecule and I confuse through reverse ofce Mostos, so you'regetting CVD on the Mo Dida level when you drink it. So if you think of oiland the water, you know SOM. So yef your body, s actually not define O osorboil, but ours is on a molecule level. So when you drinking your body's,actually not rechecting any, but it's all absorbs to you, get the benefitsand and results ofmost, contaneous and it'. Just a different way of NHUMAN CVDand a lot of people are uneducated and don't know what the benicits are forthem. So we're just getting amazing feedbackas stigma. Perceptions are soslowly unvailed and Ini orurning. If you will, I think Mor people are Goin,no kind of startstart educating themselves and getting you know,products like Min te system being transformed and right than never nowsure sure, and I've almost forgot to ask you what was your experience likeplaying with the rams it Wasit was good. It was good to understand how thesystemwork the competition level, because,...

...unless your experience it, you mightalways have that valivating factor of what AP er sort of would have could Havand being able to see agoing Soviet just a little taste of it. I had enoughto know that, even if I, in a perfect scenario, I've made a robster is plate.I don't know if I want to do it for any higher life, like it Yo Ruli, Ngrew,some personal sport, so it almost enlightened myoutlook on football andthen also slowly. Let me push that ship into the ocean as it saile off is thesunset because it was almost letting it go. So I'm very grateful for the effort,I've Beento football and had the opportunity in the rams for giving me ashot to you, a taste on that level, because I mean you know she doesn'twant to be able to say they play think some NFL Games. So a what about? Whatkind of vice could you give like an athlete or a person coming out? WOT Themilitary like them finishing their careers? Basically, I guess tit'd betwo different in I mean it's all mind, tat Ik, I feel don't think it emilitary as a pinnacle. You know for me, I never thought it was going to be theend, all be all ad moments, but after you know, circumstances in my militarycareer. You know I got out knowing that I had to do something different and Itell military people don't act, don't think that you're special coming outlike don't try to boast about it. Just just egerly you are you know if youhave a positive attitude and you want to go back and place fort, you have allthe resources available to tap into your Gi bill and just go work hard likethe work etic that you can put and got forward into whatever you're goingafter is going to carry over into Ovicual povitial patterns for yourpersonal life. So I just think that Ityou can Kino, keep your mind so goodknow that you have the opportunity to go back and play or you sport, you,your job, Oan go! Do it because the road doesn't stop after the military,that's to somehiny, to beginning for sure for sure, and I seen I think itwas maybe. Last year you were just...

...playing like a little pickup soccer.You still doing that no Mani enjoy the game, but I turn the chapter on theathletic side of Te rod an focus war on business longship by business in kindof just self reflect if you will so go, you're still, you're sil a workoutworrior, though right ato, be man, help o for sure all right now I got some funquestions for you, alright, all right. So who are your favorite sports teamsand athletes grown up everythingmeae all DC sports. Obviously I'v like theVetcam for, like the last ten years, got soin. Now, even on the Red Skanslike I was a big Daro greet, Fan grown up to the kid basketball, John Wals, myGuy John, so, but also Di Se, slaggy pe like to Wefe o o Bar Andi di Tel o Gon,you withtlizard, Iydro Jersey, sports. I see Oriol stand going upbefore the NAP came. I Te Down Tin e switch back to five. I MIT IT Infailist to DC, but I used to love cow rip, kids, Profal, Halmero, ofor, sure forSuredid. You get to talk to any of those teams. MEA! U, but I ma igotnsansbfore. I Vmade it triap, so yoknowit as cool. No, I meat, Blik speed, egagement Ka. Ihave not stonor you gotta Link Up with the capital N, just one. What's on. What's on your playlistisanything anything fro, if you don't put yourself out there to randomis you'll,only be defined by your recive You'e, going to do t e the drink. In myfeeling change, no idea what that is,...

Ohman how about this one? What are yourthoughts on the Bar Ball? You got the Sonor, the father, the Phon I mean.Whatever I mean it is what its his life mean. Es He's happy than he did is Wat.I GES! I don't really have thought on it. What about UVMUN CIA media actuallytry to keep myself from all the distractions and just try to focus onme. So, like yeah, you don't so much Mata we're gonlot ofthings that distract youfrom that. So try to like us in away is Brolasit and what can be the bestsituation in Sini Senarios for me, because there's a lot of Darvis and awasteof time not here and I'm not trying to haveanhifors what about.What's the difference between living on the east coast in the West Coast, eastcoast, you get the sonset Er on Rar soceat, the sunset East Coast am firm.Marijuana, not legal west coast out here, everybodys pretty Cillit it geest,goast Ishe is where I came from the DC area. Everybody runs the country andhis political. You know ocimstratege and bi. Look Cop and you know GoverbinContractors. He has something in out here. It's like everybody's liberated,I just creative and kind of runs and the ER entertainment, more so buit kindof unique having been in Boste area an living in the mid west, Ern, Coloradoand thing. It was briefly. If I've been all over the USAND. I think the way oflife that I would cater to for myself, IT BEA west coast mentality. I enjoykind of the more layback til, more diversity. People come from all overI've growng up in the southeast, a you know, so you know there's a lot ofbubbles in porkets and I enjure enjoy culture. I enjoy diversity, so I thinkthe West Coast where I live at is a little bit more diverse and for me Ienjoy that. I just feel like I'm more more at ease ECET blet. I grew up inthe East Coast, O Morro today I enjoy,...

...but it's good to have differences andyou, like, I said, new Jerney new chapters in life, Wertheir, vewlicationof life or new career, so Cim Lways, open Mian. I'm I'm already looking tomove potentially somewhere else with overseas sich things up to little daybut well, say sure, and actually I was about to ask you: Have you done anyspeakng engagements overseas, just Hawaii which is oer ocean? True and is Clinsin wide receiver? You or what did? I not grafrom any other debatethat needtobe Puttin Theenin Catche, O in Cach a der Muc years? There Peodon't know that you wr Oll, your boys are killing there right now, Ir Areionteo, you're, justyou're, stilltraining with Hopkins INA few months, N Tran, Black Bossan Hes Dng tell busydoing his own thing same with me. Oh Got Humphreys out here, though we stilltrain they'll be out here soon, so yeah just you know, whenever I get anopportunity to work out Mike William Sex me we're supposed to work outyesterday, but just schedules conplicted so yeah whenever I get themlike this, obviously something I enjoy doing just reuniting the teammates, anFren and doing e workout, just because I love working out. So that's all waysmor to comefor. Sir Sure. Do you still talk to Coch Wen? I? U Him and tentIstime Change. You know very teir jobs are very demanding at their time andhonesty. You know your I respectwhat he does and unless our path craus or it'sa cexher there, you know I'm not really so love the man to death. I know whathe's doing in the live infacting. So, just I'm just a sang from the sideminetes days is thankful to have played, played for himselfs, EA whathe good forsure, but Danioull appreciate you coming on and if you want to give uswhereeverybody could follow you at. Even though you say you don't use shoalmedia. Let me know I'm I mean I'm on there, but I try not to follow or youknow, type things alot ti like...

...relationships or people that you know Imean that are meaningful. I don't want to ive got caught up in a lot of Shitwhen I moved dout here. First, not just move out here, bt ISO SA like I justrestructure my life wer. I have presoents and others andothercommensions and my social output Sto. I my so Saan do that you want to followme her Daniel Rod and it's like Daniel Rod, underscay Dree S, myig and twitterand then Pix. U I O so yeah. You guys want to see me do whatever I do. You kNfree, but Kno, no need no bay. Nor Feeling Ohi appreciate you taking timeOu your busy schedule to come on the PODCASTAA appreciate you stand on me.Dude jus sees ki laters Bro.

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