Rudy is one of the most famous and heartwarming sports movies ever made. It tells the underdog tale of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, a hardworking kid who dreamed of playing football at the University Notre Dame. In one of the most iconic scenes in movie history, Ruettiger finally gets into a game, makes a sack, and is carried off the field by his Fighting Irish teammates. Joe Montana, the Notre Dame quarterback at the time, recently spoke about the authenticity of the movie, and he didn’t hold back. If you’re a Rudy lover, get your tissues ready.
Rudy is one of the most heartwarming sports movies ever made
When you think of Rudy, you think of one of the greatest underdog stories in college sports history. Daniel Ruettiger, a hardworking teenager in the 1960s from a small town in Illinois, decided to follow his dream of playing football at Notre Dame after his brother was killed in a steel mill accident.
However, Ruettiger didn’t have the grades or the money to attend Notre Dame. He instead went to school at nearby Holy Cross College, but he never stopped applying to get into his dream school.
“Rudy” got a job working at Notre Dame’s football stadium, and after numerous attempts to get into the school, he finally got admitted after two years at Holy Cross. Ruettiger walked on to the football team as a member of the practice squad. Although he was told he would never suit up for a game, Ruettiger still worked just as hard as the starters during practices.
Finally, Ruettiger got his chance to shine in a game against Georgia Tech. Miraculously, “Rudy” made a sack on the final play of the game as the crowd chanted his name. He was carried off the field by the entire team after the game, or at least that’s what the movie portrayed.
Joe Montana was Rudy’s teammate at Notre Dame
Daniel Ruettiger might be the most memorable player on the mid-1970s Notre Dame roster, but there was an all-time great quarterbacking the Fighting Irish at the same time.
That’s right, Joe Montana was the Notre Dame signal-caller when “Rudy” finally got into his first varsity game. Montana led the Fighting Irish to three winning seasons and a national championship in 1977.
The Hall-of-Fame QB recently spoke about Ruettiger and how he was portrayed in the famous movie. Rudy fans aren’t going to like what he had to say.
Joe Montana delivers heartbreaking news that ‘Rudy’ wasn’t accurate
The ending of Rudy is what every fan remembers most. The crowd chanting his name. Ruettiger’s incredible sack. His team carrying him off the field afterward. Well, according to Montana, the sack was the only accurate part of the movie.
Montana appeared on a recent episode of Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast and debunked the ending of Rudy.
Was there a lot of things that happened? Yeah. He got in, he got a sack. Was the crowd chanting? No. Did I throw in my jersey? No. Did he get carried off the field? He got carried off by three of the biggest pranksters on the team.Joe Montana
So, the biggest moment of Ruettiger’s life was apparently just a joke to the rest of the team. Montana claims the three players carried “Rudy” off the field sarcastically, not in celebration. The jersey scene was fabricated, the chanting never happened, and the iconic ending wasn’t even accurate.
What a crushing blow to the sports movie community.