Rodriguez Looks to Rowan



Rodriguez on the field during an away game.


Israel Rodriguez ‘23, a three-year member of the football team, has committed to D3 school Rowan University and will play for their football team when the fall season commences.

Throughout his three years on varsity, Rodriguez has played in multiple positions, including offensive line (OL), defensive line (DL), tight end (TE), and fullback (FB).

He began his football career in the 2020 season, making two total tackles in the season. Now, in the 2022 season, he has made 46, making a substantial advancement.

The Eagle’s Eye reached out to Rodriguez to discuss his experiences in football and future prospects.

EE: What were your proudest moments this season and your football career so far?

IR: My proudest moments were beating North Brunswick on their turf and winning the Group V sectional championship.

EE: What were some difficulties you had to endure throughout this season and previous ones?

IR: Throughout the three years I have battled with many injuries. Freshman year I had a torn hamstring, sophomore year I had a high ankle sprain, junior year I had a hyperextended thumb, and senior year I had a dislocated shoulder.

EE: What did you enjoy the most when playing for the football team?

IR: I enjoyed being able to play with people that I knew and trusted the most, and also all the fun moments I had with teammates and coaches.

EE: Why did you choose Rowan University and what do you hope to achieve there?

IR: I chose Rowan because they are a school that’s in state and not too far. Also, the football program is coming off a good year and I wanted to help them improve even more and hopefully win another ring with them.

EE: What did you have to do to be recruited to Rowan?

IR: I had to have a lot of one-on-one conversations with many coaches on the team, and I of course went on a visit and toured the campus.

EE: What are you planning to major in? Any career in mind after college?

IR: I am undecided in what I would like to major in but I can see my career path being either construction or a police officer.