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Brooke Point graduate to be featured on Dan Rather Reports
You might remember the story I wrote about Brooke Point graduate Daniel Rodriguez last month. Rodriguez served with the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now chasing his dream of playing major college football.
The veteran news reporter Dan Rather was in Fredericksburg recently to film a segment on Rodriguez, and apparently it will air on Tuesday on HDNet (I don’t get that channel, so if anyone wants to invite me over to watch it, help a friend out).
There’s a rumor Brooke Point football coach Jeff Berry makes a cameo in the piece, too. Here’s the full press release:
HDNET’S “DAN RATHER REPORTS” TELLS THE COMEBACK STORY OF ONE AMAZING SOLDIER
One inspirational young man is staging an amazing comeback from Afghanistan to NCAA Football
Tuesday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET
DALLAS (February 3, 2012) –This Tuesday’s “Dan Rather Reports” will tell the story of one amazing soldier – Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez.
Once an impressive high school athlete in Virginia, Rodriguez had big dreams of playing college football, but a detour in his life sent him to serve as a U.S. Infantryman- for his heroic actions on the battlefield he was awarded a bronze star for valor, and a purple heart. But, his gridiron dreams never died. The combat loss of his best friend, Pfc. Kevin Thomson, only strengthened Rodriguez’s resolve to bring to reality the dreams he and Thomson talked about in war.
“He wanted to go back and be a butcher. And I was like, “Well, you better do it,” said Rodriguez. “He’s like, ‘I’ll do it.’ He’s like, ‘You better play football.’ I was like, ‘Well, let’s promise each other we’re gonna get out and do it.’ And we did.”
A clip from the program can be viewed here: