Daniel Rodriguez's story of the Battle of Kamdesh and subsequent journey to Clemson's Death Valley has been told and retold by others.
Now Rodriguez will tell his own story in his autobiography entitled 'Rise,' which will be published next fall by Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt and is available now for pre-order on the publisher's website, www.hmhco.com.
The book, according to publicity materials, tells “the epic story of Daniel Rodriguez, a soldier who fought in one of the bloodiest battles in Afghanistan, and against all odds, lived to pursue his dream of playing Division 1 college football.”
The 25-year-old Rodriguez, who is currently an honors student at Clemson and a walk-on wide receiver for the Tigers, served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. After being injured in the Battle of Kamdesh, he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal With Valor.
Rodriguez has been a regular contributor to the Clemson football team as a member of the Tigers' special teams and as a reserve wide receiver. He scored his first touchdown this season in Clemson's victory over The Citadel, which was also Military Appreciation Day at Death Valley.
During his first year at Clemson, Rodriguez won the Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award and the USAA Athletic Inspiration Award, and attended the ESPYs as a finalist for the Jim Valvano Perseverance Award. He was a semifinalist for the Armed Forces Merit Award, and was named 2011 Southern Pigskin Person-of-the-Year.
A preview sample from 'Rise' is now available for download from iTunes.