Frequently Asked Questions
Where did Rudy grow up?
Rudy grew up in Joliet, IL. He is the first boy and is the third of fourteen children.
Where is the Real Rudy in the movie?
Rudy did actually have a cameo in the movie. Rudy was a fan in the stands during the last game where he made his famous tackle. He was sitting right behind Ned Beatty (Rudy's dad in the movie) and Ned actually tugs on Rudy's shirt when everyone was cheering. Rudy was wearing a coat and hat.
Has Rudy always liked football? Did he play other sports too?
Yes. Rudy has always liked football. As a small child he would watch the Notre Dame games on TV with his dad and his brothers. Rudy also loved baseball, boxing, wrestling, and water skiing. He was a championship boxer at Notre Dame.
What are Rudy's siblings doing today? Did they all graduate college?
All of Rudy's brothers and sisters are healthy and happily married. All of his brothers graduated college and most of them have their masters in education. His brothers love to teach and coach children. His sisters are wonderful mothers and are very involved with their church and schools.
Where did Rudy go to college before Notre Dame?
Rudy went to Holy Cross Junior College for two years and then transferred to Notre Dame. Holy Cross is located across the street from Notre Dame so it was easy for Rudy to stay involved with Notre Dame and spend a lot of time on campus. Rudy had to work very hard at Holy Cross for those two years. It was during his time at Holy Cross that Rudy was diagnosed with Dyslexia. In order to maintain a “B” average he really had to learn how to study. With the help of his teachers and tutors he was able to really focus on his grades and get the job done. After 3 rejections from Notre Dame, his Dream to attend this prestigious University had finally come true.
Describe Rudy's Notre Dame Experience.
Rudy transferred to Notre Dame in the Fall of 1974. His focus at Notre Dame was his studies. Rudy was so inspired to actually attend this University, that had been such a Dream for him as a child, that he would do what ever it took to keep his grades up and earn the respect of his peers. While at Notre Dame, Rudy developed another Dream to play football for the Fighting Irish. Rudy walked on the team under the coaching staff of Ara Parseghian in 1974. He played his guts out and treated every practice like it was a real game. Rudy Never Quit and won the respect of his team mates. It was this enthusiasm that eventually got Rudy in the game to live his second Dream. While in the game Rudy saw an opportunity make his move. He got the tackle. “When the ball moved I moved,” said Rudy. Rudy didn't get the tackle because he was lucky. He prepared, he persevered. He worked everyday and set his goals every day no matter how tough it got so when his opportunity came, he was ready.