Rudy: My Story

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Daniel Eugene " Rudy " Ruettiger born August 22, is a motivational speaker who played college football at the University of Notre Dame. His early life and career at Notre Dame were the inspiration for the film Rudy.


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Daniel Ruettiger nicknamed "Rudy" had a hard time in school because he was dyslexic. He was the third of fourteen children. Ruettiger joined the United States Navy after high school, serving as a yeoman on a communications command ship for two years; then he worked in a power plant for two years. He applied to Notre Dame, but owing to his marginal grades, he had to do his early college work at nearby Holy Cross College.

After two years at Holy Cross, Ruettiger was accepted as a student at Notre Dame on his fourth try, in the fall of It was during his time studying at Holy Cross that Ruettiger discovered he had dyslexia. Ruettiger harbored a dream to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, despite being undersized at 5'6" and pounds. After working as hard as possible and showing that he was willing to work as much as he needed to, Ruettiger earned a place on the Notre Dame scout team , a practice squad that helps the varsity team practice for games.

Merv Johnson was the coach who was instrumental in keeping Rudy on as a scout-team player. In Ruettiger's last opportunity to play for Notre Dame at home, Devine put him into a game as defensive end against Georgia Tech on November 8, In the movie Rudy , Devine is given a somewhat antagonistic role, not wanting Ruettiger to dress for his last game.

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In the real life scenario, however, it was Devine who came up with the idea to dress Ruettiger. In the final play of Ruettiger's senior season with the Fighting Irish, he recorded a sack , [4] which is all his Notre Dame stat line has shown.

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Ruettiger actually played for three plays. Ruettiger was one of two players in Notre Dame history to be carried off the field by his teammates. The other is Marc Edwards in Ruettiger came out of the tunnel at Notre Dame Stadium to a loud ovation.

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The award is presented to the most inspirational high school football player who personifies what Ruettiger calls the "Four Cs": courage, character, commitment, and contribution. Ruettiger's story was told in the film Rudy , which starred actor Sean Astin in the title role. The film was written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh , both of whom were involved in Hoosiers.

Ruettiger appeared in a cameo as a fan behind his father, played by Ned Beatty , during the final scene.

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In , Ruettiger was charged with securities fraud in connection with his role as Chairman of Rudy Beverage, Inc. The government alleged a pump-and-dump scheme. The book is not like the movie. Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger is the subject of the blockbuster filmRudy and one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States.

Rudy: My Story

His humble background and determination to pursue his dreams, no matter the challenge, has made him legendary and an inspiration to everyone from school children to businessmen and athletes, even presidents. He established the Rudy Foundation to help children around the world and the Rudy Awards for high school and university level athletes.

see Mark Dagostino is a New York Times best-selling coauthor and one of the most respected celebrity journalists in America. For ten years he served on staff in New York and LA as a correspondent, columnist, and senior writer for People magazine, interviewing personalities such as Michael J. Rudy : My Story. Rudy Ruettiger. Thomas Nelson , 3 sept. Rudy became the inspiration for millions when a Hollywood film depicting his journey as a Notre Dame football player became one of the most influential sports movies ever made. In Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger's only autobiography, go behind the scenes to experience the heartache, triumph, and glory through Rudy's own eyes, and learn details of the ten years it took to get the movie made.

For the first time, the real Rudy shares his story of floundering through school with undiagnosed dyslexia and finding himself mixed up with a rough and rowdy crowd. A poignant and high-energy storyteller, Rudy details failures and pitfalls along the way.

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