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Rodriguez grew up in New York City and Camden, N.J., before moving to Nebraska with his brother at the age of 12. He had never played organized sports, but two years later earned a spot on Aurora's varsity football team.
“Through the journey, you're always going to bump into obstacles. That's how you become successful. And if you're humble, you get what you deserve, even if it doesn't come easy.”
“Playing in Class B, you're going to find some quality athletes, but you're not going to find them every game. I think he had his eyes opened in practice before the Army (All-American) Bowl. But we always thought that the bigger and better the kid was across from Andrew, the better Andrew performed.” — Aurora coach Randy Huebert
A natural talent with a perfect frame for the offensive line, Rodriguez helped lead Aurora to two straight Class B titles. He's well rounded as an athlete, too, playing basketball and throwing the shot put. The first player to accept a scholarship in this class and among the most heralded, Rodriguez is the quiet type at first glance. But put him in a situation where he can lead, and he'll do it in his own way.
Rodriguez possesses the tools and the right disposition to develop into an anchor of the NU line. He played tackle at Aurora. At his height, it would seem the right fit in college. But coaches tried him at guard in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and he did well. Rodriguez may have the physical skills to play either spot.