I Just got home from 4-day trip and had a slight headache and was tired so I decided to rest and watch the movie Rudy. This was part of an assignment for class and I chose to kill 2 birds with one stone. Rest and watch this movie from 2000 of a story that really happened 1975. OK no excitement here.
It started with the character being really young and being put down because of a Dream he had. He wanted to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He played football in high school, and was 5’7” tall and 165 pounds. The dream continued as he went to work with his Father at a Steel Mill. Only had one friend who encouraged him and gave him a Notre Dame Jacket.
One day this friend was killed in an industrial accident. At the funeral he decided to take the risk and just go for the Dream. He left everything behind and went to South bend Indiana, to join the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
He met an old priest who told him the only way would be to go to a junior College for several semesters to qualify for Notre Dame School. This Priest became a mentor and Master mind for him.
Rudy was rejected for years to even be able to go to the School Notre Dame. He found a job on the football field with an old Janitor who mentored him and never told his story till the end.
Finally, with all the planning, a burning desire and help of the Old priest, he was accepted into Notre Dame. He barely got a spot on the Football team but only as a practice dummy and beat up for 2 years.
He went to the coach at the time and asked if he could dress out in one game and coach agreed to one game in the next year’s season. Rudy was so happy then. The Coach quit and the new Coach did not want to hear of it.
In the last game that Rudy would even be eligible to play the players and crowd began to chant his name Rudy, Rudy, Rudy. If I wasn’t so comfortable and warm in bed with my Wonderful Raphaela I would have jumped up and began cheering myself. They were winning and it got down to the last 15 Seconds of the game. The coach let him play. The Players carried him off the field, being the only time that’s happened since 1975.
In the special features the REAL RUDY was interviewed. It was a humbling moment to see someone portrayed bigger than life itself in a movie and the real person be an unassuming sort.
I must say the most of all inspiring things of this movie and my “take away” was that he never opened his mind to the Naysayers and kept the Dream. He only made it for 15 seconds on the field, but fulfilled his life’s dream. He wanted his dad to see him run out of the tunnel and play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He did.
I pray that my courage and persistence will match or surpass this devotion to my Dream.