Rudy Ruettiger

Motivational Speaker & Former Football Player; Inspiration for the Award-Winning Film "Rudy"

Rudy Ruettiger Biography

Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame in just 27 seconds. 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.

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 Ruettiger 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. He is the only player in the school's history to be carried off the field on his teammates' shoulders. In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, Rudy. The critically acclaimed film received "Two Thumbs Up" from Siskel and Ebert and continues to inspire millions worldwide.

Today, a highly sought after motivational speaker, Ruettiger entertains international corporate audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating. He reaches school children, university students, and professional athletes with the same enthusiasm, portraying the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph. His captivating personality and powerful message of "YES I CAN" stays with his audiences forever. Ruettiger's opening remarks receive thunderous applause and standing ovations from audiences of 200 to 20,000 people who emotionally chant RU-DY, RU-DY!

Ruettiger has appeared on various high profile nationally televised talk shows and radio shows across the country, is featured in national magazine publications, and has been honored with the key to many cities in the United States with special proclamations for his inspiration, commitment, and human spirit. Ruettiger received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College, the Distinguished American Award, A Proclamation from the Governor of Nevada granting an Official Rudy Award Day, was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame and spoke at the White House during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

In addition to his motivational speaking, Ruettiger has co-authored several books, including "Rudy's Insights for Winning in Life," "Rudy's Lessons for Young Champions," "Rudy & Friends," "The Rudy in You," and "Rudy: My Story."

He co-founded the Rudy Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen communities by offering scholarships in education, sports, and the performing arts. The Rudy Foundation makes a positive impact by bringing people together. It develops and supports programs that positively impact the lives of children cognitively, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Ruettiger has two awesome children, Jessica Noel Ruettiger and Daniel Joseph Ruettiger.

In 2019, Ruettiger performed his one-man show, "Dream Big" on Broadway. In addition, his new documentary titled, Dream Big – The Walk On, won several Emmy Awards for Best Director and Best Documentary.

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Rudy Ruettiger Videos

Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On Official Trailer
WorldVentures: Rudy Ruettiger Keynote - Momentum Glendale 2017
Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger: Heart of the Game

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Rudy Ruettiger Videos

Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On Official Trailer
WorldVentures: Rudy Ruettiger Keynote - Momentum Glendale 2017
Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger: Heart of the Game
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