The Story of
Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger
The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. Today he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. 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. As fans cheered RU-DY, RU-DY, he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. Rudy Ruettiger was the first player in the school's history to be carried off the field on his teammates' shoulders.
The Renowned Speaker
Today, a highly sought after motivational speaker, Rudy entertains international corporate audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating. Rudy reaches school children, university students, professional athletes, and corporate executives with the same enthusiasm, portraying the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph. Rudy has shared the speaking platform with great leaders and speakers including President George Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Peter Lowe, Joe Montana, General Colin Powell, Christopher Reeve, and Zig Ziglar.
The Rudy Foundation
Rudy Ruettiger and his wife Cheryl Ruettiger established the Rudy Foundation in 1997 with the mission to help children reach their full potential. The Rudy Foundation develops and supports programs that positively impact the lives of children cognitively, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
In 1993, TriStar Productions immortalized the life story of Rudy Ruettiger with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by 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: "The Rudy In You", "Rudy's Insights For Winning In Life", "Rudy's Lessons for Young Champions", and "Rudy & Friends".