Meet Daniel Rodriguez, American veteran and Clemson walk-on
Why should you pay attention to a Clemson receiver not named Sammy Watkins being cleared to play ball in 2012, particularly when he's a newly minted walk-on? In Daniel Rodriguez's case, because of the path he took to get to the Tigers: a circuitous route that took him through Army tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. From the Associated Press:
On his second tour, he found himself in Afghanistan and in the line of fire during one of the war's bloodiest fights, the battle of Kamdesh in October 2009. [...] Rodriguez left Kamdesh with shrapnel in his leg and neck, and a bullet fragment through his shoulder. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal of Valor. He also received a Purple Heart and was promoted to staff sergeant before an honorable discharge in 2010.