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Purple Heart recipient cleared to play at Clemson

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Purple Heart recipient Daniel Rodriguez was cleared by the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Clemson football team when camp begins Friday.

The NCAA cleared Rodriguez in June. He served as an Army infantryman in Iraq and Afghanistan and was injured on his second tour of duty in Oct. 2009, a battle in which no more than 40 soldiers manned an American base attacked by an estimated 400 Taliban insurgents.

Rodriguez, took a bullet fragment in his shoulder and shrapnel in his legs and neck; 22 soldiers were wounded and eight killed, including close friend Kevin Thompson, whom Rodriguez promised he would play college football.

Clemson lists Rodriguez as a 5-foot-8 wide receiver.

"I am very happy for Daniel," said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney in a school release. "He is getting the opportunity to follow his dream. We are excited to have him join our program. I have no doubt that he will become a great leader for us. His background and story is an inspiration to us all."
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