Joe Montana, who is rightly worshiped as a God here in San Francisco (I recently built a shrine to him out of crack pipes and bum hair), was recently on Dan Patrick’s radio show, when the subject naturally turned to Sean Astin movies from the early 90s. It turns out Comeback Joe was a freshman on the Notre Dame squad in 1975, when the real-life Rudy Ruettinger, the basis for Rudy, scored a sack (sort of) against Georgia Tech. You’ll never believe this, but he claims the reality was a little different than what happened in the movie. Coach Dan Devine, for instance, never told Rudy not to dress for the game, nor did his teammates respond by turning in their jerseys. Probably because it was the 70s and they were college football stars, and they were too busy slaying big, hairy Debbie Does Dallas poon all day. That’s how I imagine it anyway.
DP: Were you there when Rudy was there?
JM: Yeah. It’s a movie, remember. Not all of that is true.
DP: What wasn’t true?
JM: Well, the crowd wasn’t chanting. No one threw in their jerseys. He did get in the game. He got carried off [at the end of] the game. […] Back then they tried to play someone at the end of [the season] that all the seniors could get in the last home game. The schedule was kind of set that way.
So he got in. He did get a sack. And then the guys carried him off, just playing around. I won’t say it was a joke, but it was playing around. He worked his butt off to get where he was and to do the things he did. But not any harder than anyone else. [Yahoo]
So basically, seniors all got in the game back then, and they even set up the schedule so that they’d play a crappy team at the end and it wouldn’t matter. Rudy was one of those seniors and when he got in, he sacked a guy, or at least held onto him until a bigger guy could bring him down (video of the play below). And such is the foundation of a successful motivational speaking career when you’ve been portrayed on screen by Sean Astin, the greatest human being to have ever lived.
(Rudy play starts at 1:28, Rudy is number 45 at the top of the screen)