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Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger carved his name into history books as perhaps the most inspiring graduate of the University of Notre Dame. As fans cheered “RU-DY!, RU-DY!,” (which is now considered to be the underdog chant of a lifetime) this “five-foot nothin’, a hundred and nothin’ … without a speck of athletic ability”, sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the first player in the school’s history to be carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates.
As the son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream – to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish.
In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized Rudy’s life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Written and directed by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the award-winning team who brought us HOOSIERS, the critically acclaimed RUDY received “Two Thumbs Up” from Siskel and Ebert, is considered one of the “Most Inspirational Movies of All Time” by Fandango, Ranker and countless other websites. USA TODAY ranked RUDY as the #1 “Best Football Movie of All Time.” The film continues to inspire millions worldwide.
Today, RUDY RUETTIGER is an Emmy Award Winning Motivational Keynote Speaker, author, and producer with over 25 years of experience speaking to corporations, universities, sports teams, and special events. His captivating personality and powerful message of “NEVER QUIT” and “YES I CAN” comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph and lasts a lifetime. Time and time again, Rudy’s appearances receive thunderous applause and standing ovations as he inspires groups of 200 to 20,000 around the world.
Rudy’s candid nature and willingness to connect with every person he meets with a bold, refreshing, and relevant message has poised him to exemplify his message in his real life, over-coming obstacles, persevering through adversity and making every second count. He is a willing, able, and inspirational speaker who is looking forward to let the man behind the movie inspire you!
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