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Ten-year anniversary of Jet Sports Training includes Rodriguez returning to Brazil where venture started – All Sports Tucson

Jet Sports Training owner Bobby Rodriguez at the beach at Jacaraípe, Espirito Santo, Brazil earlier this month where his sports training venture began 10 years ago (Rodriguez photo)

Bobby Rodriguez was emotionally out of sorts 10 years ago after his best friend, former Sunnyside teammate Jacob Rocky Samorano, died in a car accident and his life was in transition after completing his run as a walk-on football player at Arizona.

He moved to Jacaraípe, Espirito Santo, Brazil — about 350 miles up the Atlantic Ocean coast from Rio de Janeiro — to find himself while living with his aunt (who is his Godmother).

He found his profession as a sports-fitness trainer on the beach near where he lived and his life has never been the same.

“One of my second options was to go fight wildfires in Idaho,” Rodriguez said. “It was paying $45,000 in 2012, which was a lot of money for eight months of work. … But I just felt in my heart that I needed a culture change. I needed a change of scenery.

“The passing of my best friend really, really hurt me a lot. That was one of the reasons why I said, ‘I need to leave. I need to leave far away. I just need to detach from everything.’”

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Rodriguez was living with his mom after graduating from Arizona which further led to him wanting to become more independent and be on his own.

“It was a new country; it was a new a lot of everything,” Rodriguez said. “I’m glad that it happened because it forced me to figure things out on my own. It was no longer campus life or living at home with my mom.

“It was like, ‘You’ve got to figure it out. You have to ride the bus to work. You’ve got to figure out how to get back home.’”

You’ve got to figure it out.

Rodriguez often reflects on the conversation he had with former Arizona assistant coach Mark Stoops, now the head coach at Kentucky, as they walked off the practice field during his senior year.

“I remember he had his arm around my shoulder while we were walking and saying that the NFL was not in my future, but I could still make something out of myself after earning my degree,” said Rodriguez, who was 5-foot-7 and 145 pounds during his time at Arizona.

“That got me to thinking I can achieve big things. He saw it in me. I should see that in myself.”

You’ve got to figure it out.

Rodriguez figured it out.

He continued his will to stay in shape after his football career taking up Jiu-Jitsu, a sport with a rich tradition in Brazil, and working out at a beach that had a pull-up bar, dip bar and a bench. He brought a set of cones with him for agility circuit training in addition to the bench dips, pull-ups, push-ups and chin-ups.

Passers-by started to notice his regimen and asked to join him. As time went on, more than 20 people routinely participated in the workouts with Rodriguez training them.

“I was teaching English out there at a school, and not to knock the job, but I could not stop thinking all day, ‘I cannot wait to go home, get my bag and …….

Source: http://allsportstucson.com/2022/09/18/ten-year-anniversary-of-jet-sports-training-includes-rodriguez-returning-to-brazil-where-venture-started/

Jet Sports Training owner Bobby Rodriguez at the beach at Jacaraípe, Espirito Santo, Brazil earlier this month where his sports training venture began 10 years ago (Rodriguez photo)

Bobby Rodriguez was emotionally out of sorts 10 years ago after his best friend, former Sunnyside teammate Jacob Rocky Samorano, died in a car accident and his life was in transition after completing his run as a walk-on football player at Arizona.

He moved to Jacaraípe, Espirito Santo, Brazil — about 350 miles up the Atlantic Ocean coast from Rio de Janeiro — to find himself while living with his aunt (who is his Godmother).

He found his profession as a sports-fitness traine…….

Jet Sports Training owner Bobby Rodriguez at the beach at Jacaraípe, Espirito Santo, Brazil earlier this month where his sports training venture began 10 years ago (Rodriguez photo)

Bobby Rodriguez was emotionally out of sorts 10 years ago after his best friend, former Sunnyside teammate Jacob Rocky Samorano, died in a car accident and his life was in transition after completing his run as a walk-on football player at Arizona.

He moved to Jacaraípe, Espirito Santo, Brazil — about 350 miles up the Atlantic Ocean coast from Rio de Janeiro — to find himself while living with his aunt (who is his Godmother).

He found his profession as a sports-fitness traine…….

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