Rudy Ruettiger Biography

Against all odds on a gridiron is South Bend, Indiana, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger carved his name into history books as perhaps the most inspiring graduate of the University of Notre Dame. As fans cheered “RU-DY!, RU-DY!,” (which is now considered to be the underdog chant of a lifetime) this “five foot nothin’, a hundred and nothin’… without a speck of athletic ability”, sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the first player in the school's history to be carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates.

As the son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, 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 Ruettiger achieved his first dream - to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish.

In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized Ruettiger’s life story with the blockbuster film, Rudy. Written and Directed by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the award-winning team who brought us HOOSIERS, the critically acclaimed Rudy received "Two Thumbs Up" from Siskel and Ebert, is considered one of the “Most Inspirational Movies of All Time” by Fandango, IMBD, Ranker and countless other websites. USA TODAY ranked Rudy as the #1 “Best Football Movie of All Time.” The film continues to inspire millions worldwide.

Today, Rudy Ruettiger is an Emmy Award Winning Motivational Keynote Speaker, author, and producer with over 25 years of Experience speaking to Corporations, Universities, Sports Teams, and Special Events. His captivating personality and powerful message of “NEVER QUIT” and “YES I CAN” comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph and lasts a lifetime. Time and time again, Ruettiger's appearances receive thunderous applause and standing ovations as he inspires groups of 200 to 20,000 around the world.

Recently, Ruettiger offered his message in his original production, “DREAM BIG: Rudy Ruettiger Live on Broadway”, presented at the Samuel Friedman Theatre, along with his daughter Jessica Noel Ruettiger who made her Broadway debut performing her original song, “This Is My Dream” in the show’s finale. Dream Big has plans to tour to other cities including Chicago, Boston, and Las Vegas.

In Celebration of the 25th ANNIVERSARY of the Movie Rudy, the film was presented on the big screen at the Microsoft Theatre in LA while the Famous Hollywood Orchestra performed the film’s musical score live in perfect time during a sold-out screening of the film.

Ruettiger’s candid nature and willingness to connect with every person he meets with a bold, refreshing and relevant message has poised him to exemplify his message in his real life, over-coming obstacles, persevering through adversity and making every second count. He is a willing, able and inspirational speaker who is looking forward to being a part of your next event. Millions have been inspired by the movie RUDY, now let the man behind the movie inspire you.

He co-founded the RUDY FOUNDATION, whose mission is to strengthen communities by offering scholarships in education, sports, and the performing arts. The focus of the Rudy Foundation is to make a positive impact by bringing people together cognitively, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

The RUDY AWARDS™ is another program The Rudy Foundation developed to recognize children who make an outstanding, exceptional effort to do their personal best every day, overcome obstacles, set goals, stay on track to reach their dreams, and build the qualities of character, courage, and commitment in their lives. The RUDY AWARDS™ is about a child's heart, will to change, and desire for self-improvement. Rudy has two awesome children; Jessica Noel Ruettiger and Daniel Joseph Ruettiger.

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Rudy Ruettiger Videos

Rudy Ruettiger - The Power of the Dream
Rudy Ruettiger - The Power of the Dream
Dream Big – Rudy Ruettiger Live
Dream Big – Rudy Ruettiger Live
Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On Official Trailer
Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On Official Trailer

How to book Rudy Ruettiger?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rudy Ruettiger for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rudy Ruettiger, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rudy Ruettiger or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Rudy Ruettiger?

Booking fees for Rudy Ruettiger, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rudy Ruettiger, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Rudy Ruettiger?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rudy Ruettiger for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rudy Ruettiger for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rudy Ruettiger or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rudy Ruettiger or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Rudy Ruettiger is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Football and Overcoming Adversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rudy Ruettiger for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Rudy Ruettiger generally travels from Las Vegas, NV, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are J.R. Martinez, Coach Ken Carter and Amelia Rose Earhart. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rudy Ruettiger for an upcoming event.

Rudy Ruettiger Videos

Rudy Ruettiger - The Power of the Dream
Rudy Ruettiger - The Power of the Dream
Dream Big – Rudy Ruettiger Live
Dream Big – Rudy Ruettiger Live
Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On Official Trailer
Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On Official Trailer
Rudy International promo video
Rudy International promo video

Rudy Ruettiger Reviews

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    Central Kansas Community Foundation dba Employment First of Butler County - Apr 09 2021

  • Great job by all involved. Virtual events pose some unique challenges, but AAE helped us clear all the hurdles. Rudy's closing address was the perfect ending to our conference.
    American Property Casualty Insurance Association or “APCIA” - Feb 23 2021

  • Great event! We got great customer feedback!
    Cohesity - Jan 29 2021

  • Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers, Inc. - Dec 20 2019

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How to book Rudy Ruettiger?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rudy Ruettiger for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rudy Ruettiger, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rudy Ruettiger or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Rudy Ruettiger?

Booking fees for Rudy Ruettiger, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rudy Ruettiger, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Rudy Ruettiger?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rudy Ruettiger for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rudy Ruettiger for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rudy Ruettiger or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rudy Ruettiger or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Rudy Ruettiger is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Football and Overcoming Adversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rudy Ruettiger for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Rudy Ruettiger generally travels from Las Vegas, NV, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are J.R. Martinez, Coach Ken Carter and Amelia Rose Earhart. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rudy Ruettiger for an upcoming event.

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