Motivational speaker and former college football player Daniel Ruettiger, better known as “Rudy”, recently visited San Jacinto to give a talk and take part in a meet and greet on February 7th and 8th. This was perfect timing with the Super Bowl, since the sport that made Ruettiger famous was football and his undying perseverance to get into Notre Dame was what inspired one of Hollywood’s most popular movies, “Rudy”. The event began at 1 p.m. and tickets were the affordable price of just $20 for a chance to hear from one of the most well known individuals ever to step on a college football field. The former athlete spoke to the audience about what it means to really fight for one’s dreams and how to overcome adversity the way he had to in order to achieve his goal of being a part of the Fighting Irish football team. It was a great turnout for the event both days, and fans were delighted for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The Indiana native grew up in a small mining town where he and his family all worked hard, physically demanding jobs. After hearing repeatedly that he would never amount to more than that, Ruettiger set off on a several year journey to prove to himself, his family, and his town that someone with his low academic scores but extreme determination could get into Notre Dame University. In addition to that, he was able to make it on to the football team by toughing of years of grueling work as a part of the practice squad and was finally allowed to take the field in the last few seconds of the last game of the season during his senior year. Due to being so short, he was never really given a chance to be in a real game, but his coach and team felt that he deserved the chance to say that he was a member of the Fighting Irish. Ruettiger completed a play during the few seconds that he was on the field, which means that he will forever be a part of Notre Dame football history. He was the last football player to ever be carried off the field by his teammates at Notre Dame, too.
Ruettiger recently visited San Jacinto to take part in a meet and greet, and give a motivational talk on what it means to really work for your dreams and how to keep that focus of following through on them. Even though he had a small part in Notre Dame football history, he will forever be remembered for doing what it took to become a part of it.
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Watch Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger Speak to Students at Utah Valley University: