One of the most inspiring college football stories in recent memory is making its transition to the silver screen.
According to a report in Variety last week, TriStar Productions outbid Universal for the rights to the movie adaptation of Daniel Rodriguez’s forthcoming book, co-authored by New York Times bestselling author Joe Layden, Rise: An Epic Story of a Soldier, His Dream, and a Promise Kept.
For those unfamiliar with the story of the Clemson Tigers wide receiver, you should check out this longer piece FanSided published at the end of last year. In short, Rodriguez joined the military after graduating high school and served from 2006 to 2010. During his second tour in Afghanistan, he was involved in the Battle of Kamdesh, where eight American soldiers lost their lives and 22, including Rodriguez, were injured. He received a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star and was honorably discharged six months later.
Upon returning home, Rodriguez posted a series of YouTube videos that attracted the attention of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. The Clemson coach offered Rodriguez, a football player in high school, the opportunity to walk-on for the Tigers in 2012.
In a twist of fate too good to make up, the wide receiver caught his first career touchdown on Military Appreciation Day last season.