Rudy: My Story

Rudy: My StoryIt is amazing how a movie can touch your life. I remember watching the powerful film Rocky just after I graduated from the University of Notre Dame, followed by Rocky II a couple of years after that. I remember that overwhelming feeling as I left the theater of just wanting to go run up some stairs somewhere and throw my hands in the air. That feeling that I could do anything. That I could conquer the world.

The funny thing was, I had conquered the world—or at least a small part of it. I already had a Rocky moment in my real life. I had already accomplished more than anyone else ever dreamed I could. Like Rocky Balboa, I had proved all the naysayers wrong. I won. In my own way, on my own path, I won. Me! A stocky, messed-up kid from Joliet, Illinois, whom some people doubted would graduate high school, had gone on to play for the University of Notre Dame football team and to earn myself a top-notch college education.

And I was just getting started.

Watching Rocky, and later the powerful film Hoosiers, made me think about my own story of perseverance. Anyone I told my story to was bowled over. “Your life is like a movie!” they’d tell me. I was an insurance agent at the time. I didn’t know a thing about Hollywood. But after enough people said it, I started to believe it—and I called on my inner Rocky to see if I could go do something about it.

A few long years and countless struggles later, my life’s story became a movie all its own: The 1993 film Rudy.

—From Rudy: My Story. (Used with permission. All rights reserved.)

RudyAuthor Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger—whose story inspired the film Rudy—says he hopes his new autobiography will “inspire you to take the hits and keep moving forward; to triumph over your own obstacles, and to dream a lot bigger by the time you’re through. ’Cause once that happens, once you find yourself dreaming bigger than ever before and leading the life you truly want to live, that’s when you’ll know that you’ve really dug deep, and brought out the Rudy in you.”

This is a story for football fans, those who need a little inspiration, or people who just love a great story of overcoming. Order your copy of Rudy today.


  1. 2 years ago
    Paula Penna says

    “Rudy” is one of my all-time favorite movies! Although I own the DVD and have watched the movie a million times, I still cry at the end of it EVERY time! I absolutely love that my son, who is 10, can watch it and learn so much from this man’s life. He is an amazing role model for a boy who does not have a dad in his life. Thank you, Rudy, for persevering, believing & showing what it means to pursue your dreams with integrity no matter what stands in your way!

  2. 2 years ago
    Susan Herndon says

    A few years ago I had the pleasure to organize an event where Rudy was the guest speaker to a group of young soldiers. They loved him! He really was able to reach them by sharing something they had in common-football. What a joy it was to watch them connect.

  3. 2 years ago
    Nancy says

    The movie was one of my son’s absolute favorites growing up. It inspired him and still does! Thanks Rudy! Will have to read the book!

  4. 2 years ago
    Casandra Tressler says

    How ironic that this came out today! I read your posts regularly and yesterday I took my father to a baseball game at Camden Yards to watch the Orioles and guess who threw out the first pitch?! Rudy! I didn’t know his story and wanted to do some research … So thank you!!! Have a blessed day!

  5. I just finished reading this last night. I absolutely LOVED it. So well written and expressed all of the passion and drive that he had to accomplish all of it.