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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 podcast with Paul Greno everyone in anyone, athletes, sweats and much more. What's up, everybody, I'm back for episode a of average savage podcast. I got special guests Daniel Rodrigez. What's up Dan, and how's it going? Man, how are you doing? Talking to you? Yeah, finally got you 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 Daniel Rodriguez, 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 in Afghanistan. I have twenty seven months of combat. A purple Harbron SAR Meadow Valor. Went on to use my gi bill to go to Clinton University, walk on have the opportunity to earn a scholarship. Planner needs. Davos Sweeney played in thirty six entsecutive games, including a metal of water bowl. The thirty seventh, undrafted to the St Louis, now La Ram late and for Free Season Games, was kin cuss against Kansas City walked away from the game at Change Man, knowing that that was not the route I wanted to take or dream I wanted to taste anymore, having reached the pinnacle of what some say the NFL consists of. But ever since that, in college I became a best sign author on the Speaker Circuit full time. I get to dabble in different things that life kind of throws my way and I've been able to try to structure my life according where I do what I want and the investment self is import and for me, the time that I've disest to do in put 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 always been present in my nature. So that's kind of where I'm at. From the 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 of a synopsis about my life. Yeah, for sure, that was right on point. So so you come out a you come out of high school right, and then you you went to the army. Sure, out of high school it I did literally about a unth...

...and half after I graduated to something just convincing. Your Life Change paps and your navigational direction. So I was off to the military before I knew it. And Yeah, it was right after our guysuate high school. That's and how long were you in there? For? For years, as an army for years. And what was the experience 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 same time, at the end of it you become united via uniforms somehow, because when people are shooting at you, you don't really think much of anything else besides survival. So it's a very unique workplace environment, especially being on the front lines of board and facing daunting experiences. But in a nutshell, I mean it gives me perspective, it gives me diversity, gives me a competitive edge in life, I believe, because I've been able to experience variance and survived extreme circumstances and live to talk about him. And you know, on top of that, the military paid for my education and it's been a building block to the numerous of things that have come. So my experience is very as a roller coaster would on any com using the park team rides. So you know, I'm kind of in the same boat. I take the good with the good about with the bad, but I've never kind of sugarcoat what my experience was, because everybody's is different. Yeah, for sure love that realness. And so how did you end up going to Clemson? I was recruited there, man. I put out a recruitment video that went viral on Youtube and coach clean, he's predecessors, excuse me, one of his bosses, if you will, send him an email on the board members and he clicked it solid and gave me a call and it it was just by stance that, you know, people had grown interest in my video and did a kind of inspired people to share it, and coaching he was very persistent about getting me to go there. He was, I mean, on top of getting the transfer way, where I was...

...a non qualifier coming out of high school, but I was five years removed, you know, I'd already been in the military. So there's a lot of things that needs to go in to 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 a place I can call home and you know, I knew from early on that that was going to where I was going to end up if everything worked out, and it did, for sure. For sure. And what was your experience 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 lose a lot of yourself that warrior. You're in a unique position to come back to readjustine civilian life and, on top of that, have recognition as a 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 that was very bood suffocating at times. But I also knew that what I enjoyed in life was giving me an opportunity to kind of reshape and restructure my way of thinking, my ability to grow as a person, to meet New People in my life, coaching staffs, relationships that I built. So, ultimately, given its going to comes to with such a life babing moment. was such a life stating, you know, timeline of my life, because it kind of let me get a lot back in my life. As far as you know, my work ethic and the within the classroom and just the way that I viewed life and had you around me again. That was almost night even a sense. There was just the balance of severity to reality, or a new reality, and I felt it was very worthwhile my time and I dedicated 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 that the 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. I mean 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 to be up for the forming for the earlier, early workout. So but it was definitely living my dream, if you will. I remember reflecting back several times 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 you know you're running down the hill so it's definitely a fulfilling, fulfilling fillings. Yeah, for sure. You know, accomplish something like that, you knowing that 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 of the 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 me through the steps. And people really really like the pitch and I had the opportunity to have a ghostwriter really work in hand. Somebody that I was doing a good job and that was that was where the book came from. Now I 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 dope places you've been to be all over. I think the last three years I've given probably around fifty Kino speeches, been able to go to Hawaii, speak at 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 been able 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 gratifying feeling nine that people find an expiration from your story and every time we kind of get to share with somebody in a different a different life and a different bubble, if you will, like it's really cool because then you just come more connected with more people and you realize how simplistic humanity really is and how great in a long ones can get in. Can Get with each other, people can get along with each other, and I think the more I travel, the more I get outside of everything...

...that, you know, I kind of can consume by it. That's what helps me ultimately grow and give message on stage. Is because I don't want to be the same redundancy. You know, I don't want to have the Monday and lifestyle. Want to be continuing to evolved and to inspire and see more for me without there. So I'm kind of an unique position where I could speak about it and I want to continue to be authentic one I'm on stage and what I speak about is what I'm actually living. So for me, I kind of have to fold and play it by you when I get the opportunity you speak, because at the end of the day, like I want to have something fresh and of topic for the crowd that I'm consenting to. Yeah, it's gonna be on my next question. How do you prepare for like each one? Do you get 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, like a big company or something. It varies on things and different depends on the theme 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 and then I'll kind of takeing hoes for my catalog as far as my life goes with stories represent because at the end of day, I don't call myself to speakrect I feel people on the storytellers and it's based off absolute events, you know, through event. So yeah, I have a plenty of stories as far 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. Just like in general, you know, I really kind of just used for my catalog and Lug and play and try to get something that's specific in genuinely to the crowd and make sure that it's the themes and overall messages that the people who hire you want to fill on him. For sure. Have you got hired to do any commencement speeches? I've done too. Oh, yeah, we're are you doing? One was like a graduation for a better and thing down in Texas, and no's this one. The second one I wasn't a commencement speech. So just one thing. And I remember hearing about rumors about like 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, but people scream, people are still want to...

...make something. So just playing facially and something happens, you'll be the person for sure. And what are you what else? What other projects are you working on now? And the sieve evangelist temp water called him Hydra has been an amazing opportunity on finance and business and global distribution banking. So I'm kind of getting a crash on a one course on that and that's in the CBD realm have theendustry. So really exciting seeing kind of a new industry evolved in the US and really being on the front 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 into now. I feel that I'll have a good opportunity to grow in that state and yes, kind of what's what I'm looking for. To now, there's sure I keep on seeing CBD waters everywhere. So what makes your water different? Well, one, I'm behind it not too well. So where the first? The first. But we have CBD on a molecular level. So this water, the CBD, is broken out to the same causes of water molecule and thinks us through reverse of most. So you're getting CBD on the molecud level when you drink it. So if you think of oil in the water, you know it's soluble. Your body is actually not designed to absorb oil, but ours is on a molecular level. So when you drinking your body's actually not rejecting any but it's all absorbs. So you get the benefits and 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 for them. So we're just getting amazing feedback and as stigma and perceptions are so slowly unveiled and in the tides, or turning, if you will, I think more people are going to kind of start start educating themselves and getting products like mine their system and being transforming rights. They never know how. Sure, sure, and I've almost forgot to ask you, what was your experience like going playing with the ramps? It was it was good. It was good to understand how the system worked the...

...competition level, because unless you experience that, you might always have that salidating factor. What am are sort of would have put ups and being able to see a glimpse of it, just a 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't know if I want to do it for any entire life, like it's a ruling and grew some grew some sport. So it almost enlightened my outlook on football and then also slowly let me push that ship into the ocean as its sale off into the sunset, because it was almost letting it go. So I'm very grateful for the effort. I've been too football and had the opportunity in 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 to say they play, I think, some NFL Games. So and what about? What kind of advice could you give like an athlete or a person coming out of the military like then finishing their careers? Basically, I guess it 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 me I 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. And I tell military people don't act. Don't think that you're special coming out like don't try to post about it just to be me who you are. You know, if you have a positive attitude and you want to go back and play sport, you have all the resources available to tap into your Gi bill and just go work hard, like the work ethic that you can put in look 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 can kind of keep your mindset good, know that you have the opportunity to go back 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 maybe last year, you were just playing like a little pickup soccer. Are you still doing that? No, man,...

I enjoyed the game, but I turned 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? Everything DC, I mean the all DC sports, obviously have like the vest came for like last ten years. Got Shot Him out, even on the red skins 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 two weeks ago at the loop Stop Bar, and I did time. I was like going here with the wizards. I had your Jersey. Yeah, D Sports, 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 talk to 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 made it to their try out. So it was cool. Now, I meant like speaking engagement. Now I have not spoken. Yeah, you gotta look up with the capitals now, right, they just one. What's on? What's on your playlist Friday spotify and shuffle? Is Anything, anything broke? If you don't put yourself out there to randomness, you'll only be defined by your 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 son or the father, the father, I mean whatever I mean. It is when it's his life. I mean he's have to be needed, is what I guess. I don't really have thoughts. What about TV? I don't really foll sit on social media. Actually try to keep myself from all the distractions. Just try to focus on me, like yeah, also, how much mainstream? All right, we're got trying to look like there's a lot of things that distract you from that. So I try to like this focus in on what is relevant and what can be the best situation in sin its scenarios for me, because there's a lot of Darbas in the waste time out here and I'm not trying to have anything for sure. What about what's the difference between living on the east coast in the West Coast? Well, east coast 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 with the East Coast, I feel, is where I came from. The East area. Everybody runs the country and his political you know, for con strate as 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 creative and kind of runs in an entertainment more so it's kind of unique. Having been in Bost an area they and living in the mid Western Colorado and St Louis briefly, so I've been all over the US and I think the way of 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. People come 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, where I 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, but I 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, new journeys, new chapters in life, whether a few location of life or new career. So I'm always open minded. I'm a I'm already looking to move potentially 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 done any speaking engagements overseas? Just Hawaii, which is over ocean, true, and is cleansing wide. Receiver you or what course Bro did? I'm not there 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, Ironsyde from sharpens iron. So I tell people you're just here. You're still training with Hopkins in a few months in training and black off these's how busy doing his own things. Same with me. I got hung freys out here, though we still train. He'll be out here soon. So yeah, just you know, whenever I get an opportunity to work out, Mike Williams sets me 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 love working out. So that's always more to come, for sure. For sure you still talk to coach Sweeney. I talk to him and then at times says, you know, very their jobs are very demanding of their time and honestly, you know, you know, I respect what he does and unless our past carouse or it's a chext here there, you know I'm not really so love the man to death or know what he's doing in a lot of impacting. So just I'm just a fan from the sidelines days, just thankful that play play for him. So, you know, it's really cool. What do you do? For sure, Daniel, appreciate you coming on and if you want to give us where everybody could fall you at, even though you 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 things unless it's like relationships or people that,...

...you know what I mean, that are meaningful. I don't want to. I've got caught up in a lot of Shit when I moved down here first, not just move out here, just dollars and shit like I just restructure my life where I have precedence and other another dimensions and my social output, so my social handles its Wanta follow me or Daniel Rod and he's like Daniel Rod. Underscore eighty three is my ig and twitter and then facebook is up. So yeah, you guys want to see me do whatever I do. You know, free, but no, no need, no day, no hard feelings. Well, I appreciate you 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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