Enlisting after the untimely death of his father, Rodriguez served grueling deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, survived heavy action and the loss of comrades, and returned stateside with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star — all by age 19.
Battling PTSD, Rodriguez reinvented himself as a college football player, joining the Clemson University team and eventually going on to play pro with the St. Louis Rams. Continuing to master the improbable, he wrote a bestselling autobiography about his experience entitled "Rise: A soldier, a dream and a promise kept."
And now he's reinventing himself again, having just signed to play pro soccer in Europe. You might think you're motivated, but sorry, not like this dude.
"If I had any one of my friends that could be here today that were killed, what excuse would they make to not want to be with their loved one, to not want to be productive, to not want to do something one more day if they had the opportunity to."
Dust, and where to eat it. (Go90 Oscar Mike screenshot)
Rodriguez invited Oscar Mike host Ryan Curtis to spend a day with him on the off-season training pitch, a battlefield that would soon test the limits of Curtis' athletic prowess. Not content to merely survive a session in the sh*t in Rodriguez Boot Camp, Curtis attempted to recapture some manhood by asserting his prerogative to throw down the now familiar Oscar Mike Challenge.
The results were all too typical.
For a brief moment, things looked promising for Curtis. (Go90 Oscar Mike screenshot)
Watch as Rodriguez shows Curtis how to put some twinkle in his toes and where he can shove his "spinning cartwheel block" in the video embedded at the top.