"It's really the American dream," said Rodriguez, who received a $1 million signing bonus as part of a three-year deal when he was the No. 1 overall pick by Seattle in 1993. "Think about a kid growing up in Miami, going to college, pursuing your education and then getting drafted by your hometown team. It doesn't get much better than that."
"I am gratified for the opportunity to do what I'm doing now with the young kids and talk a little bit about what's expected here," Rodriguez said Tuesday. "For me, I learned my biggest lessons from some of my mistakes, and they were big ones."