Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team.
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
When people say dreams don't come true, tell them about Rudy
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Although it's often been considered that Rudy was unathletic and a poor football player who only made the team due to his work ethic, this may not have been the case. The real Daniel Ruettiger was a four-year letterer and three-year starter at Joliet Catholic High School and was believed to have broken his team's all-time tackling record. Even real-life Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian recalled that Rudy had "great tackling form" and could "get around blockers better than some others". This could also explain why Rudy was able to get around multiple linemen and sack a scrambling quarterback in his only play, a feat that a truly unathletic scrub may not be able to perform against a top-ranked Power Five D1 offense. See more
As the team leaves the locker room to go on the field for the GA Tech game, they clearly pass the "Play Like A Champion Today" sign. That sign was actually not placed there until Lou Holtz' tenure. Definitely was not there in the '70s. See more
What's a lapsed Catholic to do?
This is one of the few films in which the infamous "Alan Smithee" is given directorial credit for ONLY the commercial TV version. If viewed on VHS, DVD, pay cable etc... David Anspaugh is given his proper credit as director in the opening credits. However the editing for extra commercials on the free TV version is done so heavily -which alters the context- that Mr Smithee is the "director" when this film is shown there. See more
Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.10
When the Irish Backs Go Marching By
Written by Eugene Burke and Joseph J. Casasanta See more