Rudy grew up in Joliet, IL. He is the first
boy and is the third of fourteen children.
Has Rudy always liked football? Did he
play other sports too?
Yes. Rudy has always liked football. As
a small child he would watch the Notre Dame games
on TV with his dad and his brothers. Rudy also
loved baseball, boxing, wrestling, and water skiing. He
was a championship boxer at Notre Dame.
What are Rudy's siblings doing today? Did
they all graduate college?
All of Rudy's brothers and sisters are healthy and
happily married. All of his brothers graduated
college and most of them have their masters in education. His
brothers love to teach and coach children. His
sisters are wonderful mothers and are very involved
with their church and schools.
Where did Rudy go to college before Notre Dame?
Rudy went to Holy Cross Junior College for two years
and then transferred to Notre Dame. Holy Cross
is located across the street from Notre Dame so it
was easy for Rudy to stay involved with Notre Dame
and spend a lot of time on campus. Rudy had
to work very hard at Holy Cross for those two years. It
was during his time at Holy Cross that Rudy was diagnosed
with Dyslexia. In order to maintain a “B” average
he really had to learn how to study. With the
help of his teachers and tutors he was able to really
focus on his grades and get the job done. After
3 rejections from Notre Dame, his Dream to attend
this prestigious University had finally come true.
Describe Rudy's Notre Dame Experience.
Rudy transferred to Notre
Dame in the Fall of 1974. His focus at Notre
Dame was his studies. Rudy was so inspired
to actually attend this University, that had been
such a Dream for him as a child, that he would do
what ever it took to keep his grades up and earn
the respect of his peers. While at Notre Dame,
Rudy developed another Dream to play football for
the Fighting Irish. Rudy walked on the team
under the coaching staff of Ara Parseghian in 1974. He
played his guts out and treated every practice like
it was a real game. Rudy Never Quit and won
the respect of his team mates. It was this
enthusiasm that eventually got Rudy in the game to
live his second Dream. While in the game Rudy
saw an opportunity make his move. He got the
tackle. “When the ball moved I moved,” said
Rudy. Rudy didn't get the tackle because he
was lucky. He prepared, he persevered. He
worked everyday and set his goals every day no matter
how tough it got so when his opportunity came, he
Is the movie RUDY
a True Story?
Yes. The movie
RUDY is a True Story. Rudy's Dream was real,
the tackle was real, the carry off was real. The
Struggle was real. The Victory was real. The
movie was made to tell a story that would inspire
others – to let people know that no matter what the
odds are, they can overcome them – they can win. No
matter what your background, your grades, your size – you
can find a way. It won't come easy. The
message is clear that you need to struggle, you need
to prepare to earn your Dream. It's all about
The Dream, The Struggle, The Victory!
Did the Team actually
lay the jerseys on the coach's desk?
The team did not actually
lay the jerseys on the desk. That scene was
made to show the respect that the team had developed
for Rudy. The scene was based on a very true
concept called Respect, so the scene had to be dramatic
enough to show the major impact that the Team's respect
had on Rudy and that all of Rudy's hard work and
perseverance had on the Team. In reality, the
team captain, who speaks for the team, went to the
coach and asked him to give Rudy a chance and let
him play in a game. When his opportunity came,
Rudy was ready!
Is Rudy Still Friends
with the Janitor?
The Janitor in the movie
actually represents 3 different people who were very
influential to Rudy during that time of his life. When
making the movie, they didn't want to leave out any
important information but they did not have the time
to develop all 3 people to show the impact that each
person had on Rudy - so all 3 characters were
rolled into one in order to tell the story.
In the game Rudy participated in, did the offense actually decide on the field to go against the coach's set play, while throwing a half-back option pass, scoring a touchdown, and allowing the defense to thus come on the field again, or was this just embellished by the hollywood director?
THE 1975 SEASON WAS Dan Devine first year and the team did not do well with his transition. But the team did come around the following year. Also, the ncaa handcuffed the coaching staff my senior year only allowing 60 ballplayers to dress. That was the only year that rule was there.
So, now you can see why the seniors who were in that game that day did whatever they had the opportunity to do. Meaning if they got a chance to score they would go for it. Regardless of the play that was called.
It was not really meant for me, but some of the seniors came running off the field and said now it is your turn.
The film makers took artistic license to modify the game so it would create another obstacles and victory. It did happen but in order to show the teams support in the little time we had, this is how we had to show it. Hopefully you understand that the movie was more about the message of the dream struggle and victory.
What was Rudy's height and weight when he played for Notre Dame?
Rudy was 5'6" and weighed 165 lbs.
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