Rudy Ruettiger is an American motivational speaker and author. He was born on August 23, 1948, in Joliet, Illinois. He has thirteen siblings and grew up with his German family.
Due to the fact that Rudy Ruettiger was suffering from dyslexia, he could not excel scholastically. He attended Joliet Catholic High School and played for locally famous football coach Gordie Gillespie.
Rudy Ruettiger also played football at the University of Notre Dame and the 1993 film Rudy is based on his life and career at Notre Dame.
Right after High School, Rudy Ruettiger joined the United States Navy. He served as a yeoman on a communications command ship for two years and also worked for two years in a power plant.
Due to the fact that Rudy Ruettiger had low High School grades, Notre Dame rejected his application and as such he attended Holy Cross College.
However, after two years, Notre Dame accepted him in 1974. Rudy Ruettiger was the moderator at a pep rally for Notre Dame Football on October 14, 2005.
Based on the concept of “Four Cs”: character, courage, contribution, and commitment, The College Football Rudy Award was created by the Rudy Foundation and honors Division I football players.
With this , the 2007 College Football Rudy Award was held on January 8, 2008, at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
The High School Football “Rudy” Awards was launched by Rudy Ruettiger and Trusted Sports in 2009. High School Football “Rudy” Awards aims at uncovering the “Rudy” on every high school football team in America and on February 3, 2010, three finalists were announced.
Rudy Ruettiger was officially linked to the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the Grand Conclave in San Antonio, Texas in July 2009. He has an honorary doctorate degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College and Long Island University. Rudy Ruettiger has been given the keys to several cities.
Rudy Ruettiger First Wife
Rudy Ruettiger’s first wife is Cheryl Ruettiger and they have been married for over decades. Rudy Ruettiger and Cheryl Ruettiger have three children.
Cheryl Ruettiger is a co-founder and executive director of the Rudy Foundation, which was established in 1997.
The Rudy Foundation seeks to assist local theater students in achieving their goals by presenting showcases of talent to benefit student programs.
Cheryl Ruettiger is a rock in the life of Rudy Ruettiger as she is always there to support Rudy Ruettiger in whatever he does.
Cheryl Ruettiger is also an actress and producer. She has played roles in several films and movies and has also produced many other movies.