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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 to savage podcastwith Paul Greno everyone in anyone, athletes, sweats and much more. What's up, everybody, I'm back for episode a of average savage podcast. Igot special guests Daniel Rodrigez. What's up Dan, and how's it going?Man, how are you doing? Talking to you? Yeah, finally gotyou on target. Hard to catch you, returner. I mean that's my nature. Yeah, for sure. So for the listeners that don't know you, could you give me a brief introduction? Every Solf, my name is DanielRodriguez, and that's in bolts of why relevancy in my name even existence? Because I was a part of what's known as the bloodiest battle more inAfghanistan. I have twenty seven months of combat. A purple Harbron SAR MeadowValor. Went on to use my gi bill to go to Clinton University,walk on have the opportunity to earn a scholarship. Planner needs. Davos Sweeneyplayed in thirty six entsecutive games, including a metal of water bowl. Thethirty seventh, undrafted to the St Louis, now La Ram late and for FreeSeason Games, was kin cuss against Kansas City walked away from the gameat Change Man, knowing that that was not the route I wanted to takeor dream I wanted to taste anymore, having reached the pinnacle of what somesay the NFL consists of. But ever since that, in college I becamea best sign author on the Speaker Circuit full time. I get to dabblein different things that life kind of throws my way and I've been able totry to structure my life according where I do what I want and the investmentself is import and for me, the time that I've disest to do input energy into the projects and to new friendships, relationships would have you,is imperative, and the ability to kind of be my home boss has alwaysbeen present in my nature. So that's kind of where I'm at. Fromthe Jack of all trades, of more and many hats in my life.I've seen a lot of different, various roads, and that's a bit ofa synopsis about my life. Yeah, for sure, that was right onpoint. So so you come out a you come out of high school right, and then you you went to the army. Sure, out of highschool it I did literally about a unth...

...and half after I graduated to somethingjust convincing. Your Life Change paps and your navigational direction. So I wasoff to the military before I knew it. And Yeah, it was right afterour guysuate high school. That's and how long were you in there?For? For years, as an army for years. And what was theexperience like? To be frank, the military's most racist place I've ever worked. Felt that it was a melting pot of chaos, but at the sametime, at the end of it you become united via uniforms somehow, becausewhen people are shooting at you, you don't really think much of anything elsebesides survival. So it's a very unique workplace environment, especially being on thefront lines of board and facing daunting experiences. But in a nutshell, I meanit gives me perspective, it gives me diversity, gives me a competitiveedge in life, I believe, because I've been able to experience variance andsurvived extreme circumstances and live to talk about him. And you know, ontop of that, the military paid for my education and it's been a buildingblock to the numerous of things that have come. So my experience is veryas a roller coaster would on any com using the park team rides. Soyou know, I'm kind of in the same boat. I take the goodwith the good about with the bad, but I've never kind of sugarcoat whatmy experience was, because everybody's is different. Yeah, for sure love that realness. And so how did you end up going to Clemson? I wasrecruited there, man. I put out a recruitment video that went viral onYoutube and coach clean, he's predecessors, excuse me, one of his bosses, if you will, send him an email on the board members and heclicked it solid and gave me a call and it it was just by stancethat, you know, people had grown interest in my video and did akind of inspired people to share it, and coaching he was very persistent aboutgetting me to go there. He was, I mean, on top of gettingthe transfer way, where I was...

...a non qualifier coming out of highschool, but I was five years removed, you know, I'd already been inthe military. So there's a lot of things that needs to go into play, and Clemson and coach clean you were just, you know,on top of it and I just felt that this was going to be aplace I can call home and you know, I knew from early on that thatwas going to where I was going to end up if everything worked out, and it did, for sure. For sure. And what was yourexperience like being a Clemson not just as football player but as a student?It wasn't necessary experience, I would say, because, you know, you losea lot of yourself that warrior. You're in a unique position to comeback to readjustine civilian life and, on top of that, have recognition asa war hero and playing for a division, Talk Division school that's got national recognition. There's a lot of things that came with that and I felt that, you know, there was a poster boy mentality and then the other thatwas very bood suffocating at times. But I also knew that what I enjoyedin life was giving me an opportunity to kind of reshape and restructure my wayof thinking, my ability to grow as a person, to meet New Peoplein my life, coaching staffs, relationships that I built. So, ultimately, given its going to comes to with such a life babing moment. wassuch a life stating, you know, timeline of my life, because itkind of let me get a lot back in my life. As far asyou know, my work ethic and the within the classroom and just the waythat I viewed life and had you around me again. That was almost nighteven a sense. There was just the balance of severity to reality, ora new reality, and I felt it was very worthwhile my time and Idedicated everything I had to school because I wanted to graduate and have that RESENRA. So it was cool. It was a great experience. I loved it. I love the community, I love the relationships I had and energy thatthe campus had on it on a daily basis. Is a lot of fun. Yeah, I'm sure when you say college is felt like a dream again. So what do you say? College just felt like a dream. Imean there's a lot of works. Dreams come with sleep and I don't sleep. Must in college we got it as...

...a log on. You got tobe up for the forming for the earlier, early workout. So but it wasdefinitely living my dream, if you will. I remember reflecting back severaltimes to times and war and times on your cops, to seeing college football, thinking to yourself you're going to be there one day, and then youknow you're running down the hill so it's definitely a fulfilling, fulfilling fillings.Yeah, for sure. You know, accomplish something like that, you knowingthat that's what you've been set, set forth to do, and it's done. Gotcha. And then who approach you to write your book? Rise?A few people reach out. I did a special on Tbu and one ofthe main guys on that, like the Pi, the director of that suit, who was good friends with the my ghostwriters are late and we're connected.It off thinking of something that they approached me for and kind of walk methrough the steps. And people really really like the pitch and I had theopportunity to have a ghostwriter really work in hand. Somebody that I was doinga good job and that was that was where the book came from. NowI know you've been doing a lot of public speaking and stuff like that,and like where have you been doing in like what's what are some like dopeplaces you've been to be all over. I think the last three years I'vegiven probably around fifty Kino speeches, been able to go to Hawaii, speakat West Point, Virginia. Military has to different BETTERAN organizations, worshipartner companies, coaches and a bell teams has been a broad spectrum of where I've beenable to speak at and I'm very grateful for the opportunities because, you know, it's a unique career, but at the same time it's such a gratifyingfeeling nine that people find an expiration from your story and every time we kindof get to share with somebody in a different a different life and a differentbubble, if you will, like it's really cool because then you just comemore connected with more people and you realize how simplistic humanity really is and howgreat in a long ones can get in. Can Get with each other, peoplecan get along with each other, and I think the more I travel, the more I get outside of everything...

...that, you know, I kindof can consume by it. That's what helps me ultimately grow and give messageon stage. Is because I don't want to be the same redundancy. Youknow, I don't want to have the Monday and lifestyle. Want to becontinuing to evolved and to inspire and see more for me without there. SoI'm kind of an unique position where I could speak about it and I wantto continue to be authentic one I'm on stage and what I speak about iswhat I'm actually living. So for me, I kind of have to fold andplay it by you when I get the opportunity you speak, because atthe end of the day, like I want to have something fresh and oftopic for the crowd that I'm consenting to. Yeah, it's gonna be on mynext question. How do you prepare for like each one? Do youget to like do a little different when you know, like if it's,say, if you did like a college versus, I don't know, likea big company or something. It varies on things and different depends on thetheme of the conference. So a lot of places will have, you know, slogan or some type of overall message that they want me to relay andthen I'll kind of takeing hoes for my catalog as far as my life goeswith stories represent because at the end of day, I don't call myself tospeakrect I feel people on the storytellers and it's based off absolute events, youknow, through event. So yeah, I have a plenty of stories asfar as when people want me to relate to their audience or to their employees. So what does that be? For more from the football fielder. Justlike in general, you know, I really kind of just used for mycatalog and Lug and play and try to get something that's specific in genuinely tothe crowd and make sure that it's the themes and overall messages that the peoplewho hire you want to fill on him. For sure. Have you got hiredto do any commencement speeches? I've done too. Oh, yeah,we're are you doing? One was like a graduation for a better and thingdown in Texas, and no's this one. The second one I wasn't a commencementspeech. So just one thing. And I remember hearing about rumors aboutlike a movie coming about about you. Is there any updates on that?I mean it's all rumors and speculations in this time, I'm man, butpeople scream, people are still want to...

...make something. So just playing faciallyand something happens, you'll be the person for sure. And what are youwhat else? What other projects are you working on now? And the sieveevangelist temp water called him Hydra has been an amazing opportunity on finance and businessand global distribution banking. So I'm kind of getting a crash on a onecourse on that and that's in the CBD realm have theendustry. So really excitingseeing kind of a new industry evolved in the US and really being on thefront lines for that last year and a half of the laws, legality,is the different things that one needs to be informed in with in this field. So it's been cool. That's kind of something that I'm putting myself intonow. I feel that I'll have a good opportunity to grow in that stateand yes, kind of what's what I'm looking for. To now, there'ssure I keep on seeing CBD waters everywhere. So what makes your water different?Well, one, I'm behind it not too well. So where thefirst? The first. But we have CBD on a molecular level. Sothis water, the CBD, is broken out to the same causes of watermolecule and thinks us through reverse of most. So you're getting CBD on the molecudlevel when you drink it. So if you think of oil in thewater, you know it's soluble. Your body is actually not designed to absorboil, but ours is on a molecular level. So when you drinking yourbody's actually not rejecting any but it's all absorbs. So you get the benefitsand results almost in continuous and it's as a different way of consuming CBD,and a lot of people are uneducated and don't know what the benefits are forthem. So we're just getting amazing feedback and as stigma and perceptions are soslowly unveiled and in the tides, or turning, if you will, Ithink more people are going to kind of start start educating themselves and getting productslike mine their system and being transforming rights. They never know how. Sure,sure, and I've almost forgot to ask you, what was your experiencelike going playing with the ramps? It was it was good. It wasgood to understand how the system worked the...

...competition level, because unless you experiencethat, you might always have that salidating factor. What am are sort ofwould have put ups and being able to see a glimpse of it, justa little taste of it, I had enough to know that even if,out in a perfect scenario, I made a roster and played, I don'tknow if I want to do it for any entire life, like it's aruling and grew some grew some sport. So it almost enlightened my outlook onfootball and then also slowly let me push that ship into the ocean as itssale off into the sunset, because it was almost letting it go. SoI'm very grateful for the effort. I've been too football and had the opportunityin the rams for giving you a shot to get a taste on that level, because, I mean, you know, she doesn't want to be able tosay they play, I think, some NFL Games. So and whatabout? What kind of advice could you give like an athlete or a personcoming out of the military like then finishing their careers? Basically, I guessit would be two different answers. I mean it's all mine, I feel. Don't dig it the military as a pinnacle. You know, for meI never thought it was going to be the end all, be all.Had moments, but after you know circumstances in my military career, you know, I got out and knowing that I had to do something different. AndI tell military people don't act. Don't think that you're special coming out likedon't try to post about it just to be me who you are. Youknow, if you have a positive attitude and you want to go back andplay sport, you have all the resources available to tap into your Gi billand just go work hard, like the work ethic that you can put inlook forward into whatever you're going after is going to carry over its habitual,proficial patterns for your personal life. So I just think that if you cankind of keep your mindset good, know that you have the opportunity to goback and play or u sport or use your Jaz Bo and go do it, because the road doesn't stop after the military. That's just only the beginning, for sure. For sure, and I seen, think it was maybelast year, you were just playing like a little pickup soccer. Are youstill doing that? No, man,...

I enjoyed the game, but Iturned this chapter on the athletic side of d rod and focus more on business. Long jest by business and kind of just self reflect if you will.So got you. You're still you're still work out. Warrior, though,right to be man. Helped the woman number one for sure. All right, now I got some fun questions for you. I'm writing. All right, so who are your favorite sports teams and athletes? GROWN UP? EverythingDC, I mean the all DC sports, obviously have like the vest came forlike last ten years. Got Shot Him out, even on the redskins like I was a big garrow green and growing up to the kids basketball. John Walls my guy. But I also did see swaggy p like twoweeks ago at the loop Stop Bar, and I did time. I waslike going here with the wizards. I had your Jersey. Yeah, DSports, I see orioles fan growing up before the nap came in the town. Switch back to five, I admit it. I switch the DC,but to love CAL ripe, Rafael Palmerrow. When roys, Shit, for sure, for sure wets. Yeah, stuff. Did you get to talkto any of those teams? The rest? You gave me a try out,but I had made I got sons to the rands before I ever madeit to their try out. So it was cool. Now, I meantlike speaking engagement. Now I have not spoken. Yeah, you gotta lookup with the capitals now, right, they just one. What's on?What's on your playlist Friday spotify and shuffle? Is Anything, anything broke? Ifyou don't put yourself out there to randomness, you'll only be defined byyour teams. You're going to do the drink in my feeling challenge idea,and how about this one? What are...

...your thoughts on the bar ball sonor the father, the father, I mean whatever I mean. It iswhen it's his life. I mean he's have to be needed, is whatI guess. I don't really have thoughts. What about TV? I don't reallyfoll sit on social media. Actually try to keep myself from all thedistractions. Just try to focus on me, like yeah, also, how muchmainstream? All right, we're got trying to look like there's a lotof things that distract you from that. So I try to like this focusin on what is relevant and what can be the best situation in sin itsscenarios for me, because there's a lot of Darbas in the waste time outhere and I'm not trying to have anything for sure. What about what's thedifference between living on the east coast in the West Coast? Well, eastcoast to get the sunset or sunrise, to get the sunset east coast,while from marijuana's not legal west coast. Out here, everybody's pretty still withthe East Coast, I feel, is where I came from. The Eastarea. Everybody runs the country and his political you know, for con strateas and buy the books and new cop and you know, ever been contractors. He has something out here. It's like everybody's liberated. It is creativeand kind of runs in an entertainment more so it's kind of unique. Havingbeen in Bost an area they and living in the mid Western Colorado and StLouis briefly, so I've been all over the US and I think the wayof life that I would cater to for myself would be a west coast mentality. I enjoy kind of a more late back hill, more diversity. Peoplecome from all over. I'm growing up in the southeast. I've you know, so you know there's a lot of bubbles and pockets and I enjued.Enjoy culture, I enjoy diversity. So I think the West Coast, whereI live at is a little bit more diverse and for me I enjoy that. I just feel like I'm more more at ease, you get, butI grew up in the east coast, so my route to there I enjoy. But it's good to have differences in...

...new, like I said, newjourneys, new chapters in life, whether a few location of life or newcareer. So I'm always open minded. I'm a I'm already looking to movepotentially somewhere else with overseas such things up a little bit, but we'll see. Sure, and actually I was about to ask you. Have you doneany speaking engagements overseas? Just Hawaii, which is over ocean, true,and is cleansing wide. Receiver you or what course Bro did? I'm notthere any other debate. That needs to be put in the lenning catches.Bro Cats Walk my three years there, but people don't know that. Yeah, all your all your boys are killing it right now. No, Ironsydefrom sharpens iron. So I tell people you're just here. You're still trainingwith Hopkins in a few months in training and black off these's how busy doinghis own things. Same with me. I got hung freys out here,though we still train. He'll be out here soon. So yeah, justyou know, whenever I get an opportunity to work out, Mike Williams setsme up. We're supposed to work out yesterday, but just schedules conflicted.So Yeah, whenever I get them like this, obviously something I enjoy doing, this reuniting the teammates and friends and doing a workout just because I loveworking out. So that's always more to come, for sure. For sureyou still talk to coach Sweeney. I talk to him and then at timessays, you know, very their jobs are very demanding of their time andhonestly, you know, you know, I respect what he does and unlessour past carouse or it's a chext here there, you know I'm not reallyso love the man to death or know what he's doing in a lot ofimpacting. So just I'm just a fan from the sidelines days, just thankfulthat play play for him. So, you know, it's really cool.What do you do? For sure, Daniel, appreciate you coming on andif you want to give us where everybody could fall you at, even thoughyou say you don't use social media, let me know. I'm on.I mean I'm on there, but I try not to follow or type thingsunless it's like relationships or people that,...

...you know what I mean, thatare meaningful. I don't want to. I've got caught up in a lotof Shit when I moved down here first, not just move out here, justdollars and shit like I just restructure my life where I have precedence andother another dimensions and my social output, so my social handles its Wanta followme or Daniel Rod and he's like Daniel Rod. Underscore eighty three is myig and twitter and then facebook is up. So yeah, you guys want tosee me do whatever I do. You know, free, but no, no need, no day, no hard feelings. Well, I appreciateyou taking time out of your busy schedules to come on the podcast. Man, appreciate you staying on me. Dude, just see his key later as Bro.

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