Rudy by Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger
Rudy is the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger. I remember seeing this movie almost 20 years ago only remembering the basic premise. Rudy dreams of playing football at Notre Dameas a walk on. This isn’t all that unrealistic until you consider Rudy’s small stature and the prestige of the Notre Dame football program. In the last game of his senior season rudy finally gets to dress with the team and gets to play in the last twent seven seconds of the game. In the last twenty seven seconds Rdy tackles the opposing teams quarterback and is carried off the field by his teammates.
The book covers many other aspects beyond what the movie coulds such as Rudy’s upbringing in family as one of fouteen children in Joliet, Illinios. The book goes into great length about his decision to go to college and the many obstacles he faces to enter Notre Dame. His determination and connections allow him to accomplish his goals at Notre Dame, but Rudy must first attend nearby Holy Cross.
After Notre Dame the book continues to portray Rudy’s determination and ability to get his story made into a major motion picture. After making the movie the book book goes into detail about Rudy’s success as a motivational speaker.It also covers his failure as a real estate investor and as the CEO of a an energy drink company.
This book is so inspirational and an example to us all to see our dreams and then act upon what we want and turn dreams into reality. Rudy’s story reminds me of the Forrest Gump fictional movie in many ways. Only that Rudy’s story is real. Rudy is always in the right place at the right time and Rudy even has a close encounter with Elvis Presley. Rudy makes many statements about his faith in God at many points in the book, and I really liked that. This is a wonderful book that I think anyone would love but especially baby boomers since Rudy himself is a baby boomers and grew up in that time period. I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts are my own.