Oregon commit Jake Rodrigues is the popular quarterback you watch in movies. He has the perfect 6-3, 215 frame. He has the picture perfect, cheerleader girlfriend with blonde hair and a bright smile. However, one thing that isn’t so movie typical is his four-month old son, Brody.
“It has not been easy,” said four-star quarterback Rodrigues. “But my love for him is indescribable. He is such a good baby. My girlfriend and I have tremendous support from both of our families. I am blessed with that. Things would be a lot different without them. I am so thankful we have such supportive parents. ”
Rodrigues admits that balancing football and a baby has been heavy, but he manages to be with Brody as much as possible.
“When I don’t have football, I am with him,” said Rodrigues. “When I am not with him, I am at practice.”
Rodrigues and his girlfriend raise Brody together. Rodrigues said they switch off between his parents house and his girlfriend’s house so that they can all be together as much as possible.
“Moving away from Brody in January is going to be difficult,” said Rodrigues. “It is going to be tough, but he is my motivation and that is how I have to look at it.”
Rodrigues said Oregon was a little hesitant to have him as their number one guy at first when he mentioned he had a son.
“Oregon knows I have a son,” said Rodrigues. “They were a little skeptical at first, but when I told them it only makes me more focused, they understood. In the end, I am responsible for his future and going to college is the best way for that to happen. They are excited for me to be a duck!”
With no other family members having gone to Oregon, Rodrigues will begin his own family tradition in Eugene with Chip Kelly.
“Oregon just feels right,” said Rodrigues. “The coaches are awesome. Coach Kelly and I have a real good relationship. The academic support is unreal. They run the same offense as I do now. It’s a perfect fit.”
Rodrigues will graduate from high school in December and begin taking classes toward his business major at Oregon in January. Until then, Rodrigues said he will continue changing Brody’s messy diapers and working out with his team.
Monday, Rodrigues will head to the Elite 11 quarterback camp to showcase his skills for one his last times of the summer.