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From playing games to designing them: Joey Rodriguez talks life after VCU

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RICHMOND, Va. -- You may remember Joey Rodriguez as one of the main players in Virginia Commonwealth University’s historic Final Four run in 2011. The Cinderella story is one many Richmonders will never forget.

Rodriguez was the starting point guard on that team and was considered the heart and soul of the Rams by many basketball fanatics in the River City.

Although, VCU had some success in the past, it was Rodriguez’s team that thrust the black and gold into the national spotlight.

Joey Rodriguez #12 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Joey Rodriguez #12 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

CBS 6 wanted to check in with Rodriguez to see what he’s been up to.

After his time at VCU, he tells us he moved back to his home state of Florida, where he was an assistant video coordinator at the University of Central Florida.

Rodriguez then returned to Central Florida, where he currently lives in Orlando and works as a video game desinger with Electronic Arts. In fact, he’s in the process of developing the NBA Live video game series.

The former star guard also recently took over as the head boys’ basketball coach at his former high school, Lake Howell.

Joey Rodriguez recently took over as the head boys’ basketball coach at his former high school, Lake Howell.

Joey Rodriguez recently took over as the head boys’ basketball coach at his former high school, Lake Howell.

He said what he misses most about VCU is hanging out and seeing his teammates every day.

He said the time they spend together was truly special and he’s stayed in contact with most of his teammates including, Ed Nixon, Brandon Rozzell, Eric Maynor, and Bradford Burgess.

When it comes to visiting Richmond, Rodriguez said he tries to make it back as often as he can, usually during the summer.