This adorable little pup is named Rudy...so todays blurb is going to be about the famous "Rudy" Ruettiger.
Daniel Ruettiger (nicknamed "Rudy") had a hard time in school because he was dyslexic (which was undiagnosed), and in a lower-middle class household, the third of fourteen children. He attended Joliet Catholic Academy, where he played for locally famous coach Gordie Gillespie and led the team in tackles his junior and senior years. Ruettiger joined the United States Navy after high school, serving for four years. He applied for entrance to Notre Dame, but had to do his early college work at Holy Cross College.
After two years at Holy Cross College, and three rejections to transfer to the University of Notre Dame, Ruettiger was accepted as a student in the fall of 1974. It was during his time studying at Holy Cross that Ruettiger discovered he had dyslexia.
Ruettiger harbored a dream to play for Notre Dame The Fighting Irish football team, despite being merely 5'6" and 165 pounds. Head coach Ara Parseghian encouraged walk-on players from the student body. For example, Notre Dame's 1969 starting center, Mike Oriard, was a walk-on who eventually won a Rhodes Scholarship and an NFL contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ruettiger earned a place on the Notre Dame scout team, a practice squad that helps the varsity team practice for games. Merv Johnson was the coach who was instrumental in keeping Rudy on as a scout team player.
After Parseghian stepped down after the 1974 season, Dan Devine was named head coach. In Ruettiger's last opportunity to play for Notre Dame at home, Devine put him into a game as defensive end against Georgia Tech on November 8, 1975. In the movie Rudy, Devine is given a somewhat antagonistic role, not wanting Rudy to dress for his last game. However, in actuality, Devine came up with the idea to dress Rudy.
In the final play of Ruettiger's senior season with the Fighting Irish, he recorded a sack, which is all his Notre Dame stat line has ever shown. Ruettiger actually played for two plays. The first time he was unable to get to the quarterback, but on the second play he sacked the Georgia Tech quarterback, Rudy Allen. Ruettiger was carried off the field by his teammates following the game. Ruettiger was the first of only two players in Notre Dame history ever to be carried off the field by his teammates. The other is Marc Edwards.