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article imageJoe Montana shoots holes in movie 'Rudy'

By Michael Bearak     Sep 9, 2010 in Sports
Over the years many people have shot holes in the 1993 movie 'Rudy' which portrayed a young-man trying to make the Notre Dame football team, to finally get to play in the last game and record a sack and be carried off the field.
Hollywood's spin on the story of Rudy Ruettiger has drawn the wrath of former Irish head coach Dan Devine as he was portrayed as a villain during his roll in the movie. Devine said that he was not "opposed" to putting Ruettiger into the game and has referred to the depiction of the exchange between himself and another coach as "a lie" and that Hollywood's spin is "unforgivable."
Rudy Ruettiger has parlayed the success and attention the 1993 movie has provided him to become an motivational speaker as well as a corporate trainer. The work for Ruettiger has been steady, even though allegations have come up from time to time that things he claimed had happened never did.
The most recent person to shoot holes in the story is Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. Montana was a freshman in 1975, the year that Ruettiger finally got on the field and recorded his famous sack and was later carried off the field. Recently Montana sat down with ESPN's Dan Patrick and discussed his memories of that Saturday afternoon against Georgia Tech.
On his radio show Wednesday Patrick asked Montana about the sentiment of the team to have Ruettiger to suit-up for their final game. The infamous scene where the players supposedly walk into Devine's office and start laying their jersey's down for Ruettiger offering their spot for him according to Montana was not as dramatic as Hollywood portrayed it. Montana said there wasn't this, swelling of endorsement to get him suited up the way the movie shows it.
That caused Patrick to ask what was fact and what in the end was Hollywood drama? Montana remembered Ruettiger getting into the game, but the fans weren't chanting his name. The players never tossed their jerseys onto Devine's desk. He did get into the game, and he did record a sack. Montana recalled that their schedule was set-up to have a home game at the end of the season where all the seniors would have a chance to get on the field in front of their home fans. Montana said that the coaches tried to play everyone in that game. Was Rudy Ruettiger carried off the field by his teammates? According to Montana, "yes" but according to the quarterback it was more playing around. Still Montana professes that carrying Ruettiger off the field wasn't a joke, but it was more playful than the movie depicts.
Lastly Montana had this to say about Ruettiger, "He worked his butt off to get where he was and to do the things he did. But not any harder than anyone else."
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