Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger in twenty seven
seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the
University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy 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. 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. Written and
produced 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 and
continues to inspire millions worldwide.
Today, a highly sought after motivational speaker, Rudy 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. Rudy's opening
remarks receive thunderous applause and standing ovations from audiences of 200 to 20,000
people who emotionally chant RU-DY, RU-DY!
Rudy 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. Rudy 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, Rudy 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. The Rudy Foundation
develops and supports programs that positively impact the lives of children cognitively,
emotionally, physically and spiritually. The RUDY AWARDS TM Program was created by the Rudy
Ruettiger Foundation to recognize children who make an outstanding, exceptional effort to do their
personal best everyday, overcome obstacles, set goals, stay on track to reach their Dreams and
build the qualities of Character, Courage, Contribution, and Commitment into their lives everyday.
The RUDY AWARDS TM 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.
Rudy delivers a dynamic presentation choreographed to a video production that brings the audience to their feet every time! He is available for a Q&A after the presentation and offers a meet and greet for photos and autographs!