Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Rudy Ruettiger in twenty seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy Ruettiger 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. Rudy is the only player in the school’s history to be carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders.
In 1993, Tristar Productions immortalised his life story with the blockbuster film, Rudy. Written and produced by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the critically acclaimed RUDY received “Two Thumbs Up” from Siskel and Ebert and continues to inspire millions worldwide.
In addition to his motivational speaking, Rudy has co-authored several books, including: Rudy’s Insights for Winning In Life (Rudy International Publication, 2000), Rudy & Friends (Legacy Communications, 1999), and Rudy’s Lessons for Young Champions (Rudy International Publications, 1997), and has also produced the Dream Power tape series.
Rudy has recently established the Rudy Foundation, whose mission is to help children of all ages around the world reach their full potential.
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