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Encyclopedia > Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger
Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger dressed in his #45 for the Georgia Tech game.

Daniel E. "Rudy" Ruettiger (b. August 23, 1948 in Joliet, Illinois) is a motivational speaker best known as the inspiration for the motion picture Rudy. Download high resolution version (1504x1008, 1217 KB)Daniel Ruettiger circa 1975, in uniform #45. ... Download high resolution version (1504x1008, 1217 KB)Daniel Ruettiger circa 1975, in uniform #45. ... August 23 is the 235th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (236th in leap years), with 130 days remaining. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Incorporated City in 1834. ... Rudy is a 1993 film directed by David Anspaugh. ...

Ruettiger grew up in a middle class household; the third of fourteen children. He attended Joliet Catholic High School, where he played for legendary coach Gordie Gillespie and led the team in tackles his junior and senior years. An October 1965 program from a state semi-final game against Decatur lists Ruettiger as the smallest linebacker in Illinois at the time. After graduating high school, Ruettiger served as a yeoman in the United States Navy and worked in a power plant before returning to school at Holy Cross Junior College in South Bend, Indiana. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The United States Navy, also known as the USN or the U.S. Navy, is a branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations. ... Holy Cross College is a small co-educational Roman Catholic institution of higher education, located in Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.. The school was founded by and is administered by members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, after which it is named. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: County St. ...

After two years at Holy Cross, and three rejections to matriculate at the University of Notre Dame, Ruettiger was accepted as a student in the Fall of 1974. It was during his time studying at Holy Cross that Ruettiger discovered he suffered from dyslexia. The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Roman Catholic institution located in Notre Dame, Indiana, immediately northeast of South Bend, Indiana, United States. ... Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Dyslexia is a condition or learning disability which causes difficulty with reading and/or writing, not due to an intelligence below the normal range or to sensory problems such as poor eyesight. ...

Rudy harbored a dream to play for Ara Parseghian and the Fighting Irish football team, despite being just 5' 6" and 165 pounds [1]. Ruettiger earned a place on the Notre Dame scout team, a practice-squad that helps the varsity team practice for games, where he was often injured. Coach Merv Johnson Oklahoma Sooners was the coach that was instrumental at keeping Rudy on the team as a scout team player. Ara Raoul Parseghian (born May 21, 1923 in Akron, Ohio) is a former collegiate football coach who served as head coach for three teams, most notably the University of Notre Dame team from 1964-1974. ... Head Coach Charlie Weis 2nd Year, 19-6 Home Stadium Notre Dame Stadium Capacity 80,795 - Grass Conference Independent First Year 1887 Athletic Director Dr. Kevin White Website UND.com Team Records All-time Record 821-269-42 (.744) Postseason Bowl Record 13-15 Awards Wire National Titles 8 Heisman... The University of Oklahoma features 16 varsity sports teams. ...

After Parseghian stepped down, Dan Devine was named head coach. In Ruettiger's last opportunity to play for Notre Dame at home, Devine put him into a game for the first time, against Georgia Tech on November 8, 1975. It was the final play of Ruettiger's senior season with the Fighting Irish. He recorded a sack and that is all his Notre Dame stat line has ever shown. Ruettiger was carried off the field by his teammates following the game, and remains to date the last Notre Dame player to be accorded that honor (not even Joe Montana received this honor). He graduated from Notre Dame in 1976 with a degree in Sociology. Dan Devine (December 22, 1924 - May 9, 2002) was a football coach who served as head coach at three colleges and also served for four years as head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1971 to 1974. ... Georgia Institute of Technology The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is located in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. With over 16,000 students, Georgia Tech is one of four public research universities in the University System of Georgia. ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... In American football and Canadian football, a quarterback sack occurs when the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a forward pass. ... Joseph Clifford Montana, (born June 11, 1956, in the Pittsburgh area town of New Eagle, Pennsylvania, USA) was a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Ruettiger's story was told in the 1993 film Rudy. The film was written by Angelo Pizzo, directed by David Anspaugh and produced by Rob Fried, the award winning team who created Hoosiers. Actor Sean Astin portrays Rudy in the film, and Ruettiger himself has a cameo. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Rudy is a 1993 film directed by David Anspaugh. ... David Anspaugh (born on 24 September 1946 in Decatur, Indiana, USA) is an American director. ... Hoosiers is a 1986 movie about a small-town high school basketball team that wins the state championship, set during a time when Indiana had only one state champ in basketball regardless of varied enrollments. ... Sean Astin (born Sean Patrick Duke[1] on February 25, 1971) is an American film actor, director, and Oscar-nominated producer, most famous for his film roles as Mikey in The Goonies, the title character of Rudy, Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Drew Barrymores...

On October 14, 2005, Rudy was the master of ceremonies at a Pep Rally for Notre Dame Football. The Fighting Irish were about to play USC the following day and Charlie Weis asked some Notre Dame legends, including Tim Brown and Joe Montana, to come back and speak at the rally. Rudy came out of the tunnel at Notre Dame Stadium to a loud ovation. [2] The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly as Southern Cal[4]), located in the University Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, USA, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ... Charlie Weis (born March 30, 1956 in Trenton, New Jersey) is the current head coach of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. ... Tim Brown (born July 22, 1966) is a retired National Football League player who was predominantly used as a wide receiver and also as a kick and punt returner early in his career. ... Joseph Clifford Montana, (born June 11, 1956, in the Pittsburgh area town of New Eagle, Pennsylvania, USA) was a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. ...

Rudy is currently married and has two children. Most recently, Ruettiger has begun to market a sports drink, capitalizing on his reputation as a motivational speaker.[3] A sports drink is a beverage designed to help athletes rehydrate, as well as replenish electrolytes, sugar, and other nutrients, which can be depleted after strenuous training or competition. ...


  • Rudy's Insights for Winning in Life
  • Rudy's Lessons for Young Champions
  • Rudy & Friends
  • Dream Power (audio cassette)


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External links

  • Daniel Ruettiger's official website
  • Rudy Foundation



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