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Wounded warrior seeks football career

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It's a comeback. It's a second chance. It's the pursuit of a dream.

One wounded warrior is trying to revive the football career that he put on hold to serve our country.

Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez, who earned the Bronze Star for valor and a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in Afghanistan, is hoping to begin playing college football at the age of 23.

Rodriguez was a high school star in Virginia, but joined the Army after graduating.

He is trying to get the attention of college coaches with a Youtube video, has had discussions with several schools and visited Georgia Southern University in an attempt to return to the field.

"It's important to me,'' said Rodriguez, who would not cost any school interested in signing him a scholarship because the G.I. Bill will pay for his college education. "It's something I've been ambitious about. I've been working toward it and when I set out with a goal in mind, I like to achieve it. And it's something that I promised to a friend that was killed in action overseas, so it is something that I just want to pursue and keep my end of the deal.''

Rodriguez has had contact with the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech as well as a school in Texas.

"I'm hoping that after the bowl games now, the recruitment might pick up,'' he said. "I'll just kind of see the best offers that I get. I hope somebody might be willing to give me a shot and take me for my character and the hard work that I put in.''

Rodriguez hopes to be able to announce where he'll play college football on National Signing Day, February 1.

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