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Film in works about Clemson's Purple Heart player Rodriguez

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Daniel Rodriguez's team photo. (Source: IPTAY Media) Daniel Rodriguez's team photo. (Source: IPTAY Media)
Daniel Rodriguez scores his first touchdown as a Tiger. (File/FOX Carolina) Daniel Rodriguez scores his first touchdown as a Tiger. (File/FOX Carolina)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Before he first ran down the hill in Clemson's Memorial Stadium, wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez was on the battlefield in Afghanistan where he earned a Purple Heart.

And now his story will leap from the jumbotron to the silver screen.

According to reports on Variety and Tigernet, TriStar Productions won the rights to take Rodriguez's life story and forthcoming book Rise: An Epic Story of a Soldier, His Dream, and a Promise Kept and turn it into a major motion picture.

The book, by Rodriguez and Joe Layden, is scheduled for release on Oct. 7 and will be used to write the screenplay.

Rodriguez took to Twitter to share the exciting news on Monday tweeting, "Well this is exciting news 4me! Sony Wins Rights to Inspirational Football Story #RISE #tristar #Clemson #movie deal."

Rodriguez joined the Tigers in 2012 after serving in the military from 2006 to 2010. He served one and a half years in Iraq and Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, Rodriguez was involved in Battle of Kamdesh on Oct. 3, 2009, when 300 Taliban insurgents battled with 38 U.S. troops.

Eight Americans lost their lives and 22 were injured, including Rodriguez, in Kamdesh. He earned a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal With Valor Device following the battle.

Before enrolling in the military, Rodriguez played football for Brooke Point High School in Stafford, VA. He lettered three years as a slot receiver, running back, corner back, holder, quarterback and kick returner.

After returning stateside from the war to recover, Rodriguez vowed to follow his high school dream of playing college football.

"What I did not do out of high school was follow my heart and play football," he said when he first joined the Tigers in 2012. "I made that pact with my friend that I was going to play college football when I got out, and then he was killed during that battle."

Rodriguez would fulfill that pact as a walk-on attending Clemson on the GI Bill. He made his first catch as a walk-on against Ball State in 2012 and scored his first touchdown in 2013 in the Tigers' game against The Citadel as a redshirt sophomore.

He also had seven receptions for 20 yards, a five-yard carry, and five punt returns for 31 yards in 73 snaps over 13 games in 2013.

For fans and supporters wanting to read Rodriguez's book before it arrives in theaters, it is already available for pre-order on Amazon.

The online description of the autobiography reads, "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."

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