4ID Veteran Scores Touchdown on Clemson’s Military Appreciation Day

Clemson, South Carolina
Saturday, November 23, 2013

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The military heritage and patriotism celebrated at Clemson’s Death Valley stadium became even more special as the Clemson Tigers took on the Citadel Bulldogs for the 2013 Military Appreciation Day.

(Above) A flag waving Daniel Rodriguez (#83) leads the team down the ‘Hill’ for Military Appreciation Day.

A day filled with Pride for service to our Nation and special recognition for Purple Heart recipients was further high lighted by a 2-yard flip-pass touchdown scored by 4th Infantry Division Veteran Daniel Rodriguez, a 25-year-old junior walk-on who received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, in combat operations at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Afghanistan.

Rodriguez, who participated in the fierce battle on October 3, 2009 where two members of his unit, SSG Clinton L. Romesha and SPC Ty M. Carter of Bravo Troop, 3-61 Cavalry, 4th Combat Brigade were awarded the Medal of Honor.


(Above) Clemson receiver Daniel Rodriguez, celebrates his first collegian touchdown with quarterback Cole Stoudt. Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt/AP

“We had to get him in there -- no better way to get a touchdown than Military Appreciation Day,” Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd said. “We all want to be in the movie when they make one”.

“There's definitely kind of some sentimental value in that, but as players we take every game as it lies, four quarters no matter who the opponent is,” Rodriguez said. “On the flip-side, it being Military Appreciation Day and me having a military background it was really special to capitalize on that.”

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CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson Student Government, the Clemson Athletic Department and IPTAY held the first-ever “Purple Out” at the Military Appreciation Day football game vs. The Citadel on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The goal of “Purple Out,” which is a student-driven initiative, will be to fill Memorial Stadium with the color purple for the game against the Bulldogs.

The concept that was generated by Clemson students and is meant to represent the great significance the color purple has to the U.S. military and Clemson University. It is symbolic of the courage and sacrifice possessed by those recipients of the Purple Heart award.

Holding a “Purple Out” for Clemson’s Military Appreciation Day football game will allow the Clemson community to show its support of the university’s military tradition and the U.S. armed forces.

(Pictured) 4IDA Past National President Rick Adams and his wife Patty, participated in Clemson's 'Purple Out' Military Appreciation Day. The Adams' and 29 other 'Gold Star' families from South Carolina were recognized during the half-time ceremony.