Posted by Adam Jacobi
Let's face it, few gridiron fans can name a more inspirational college football movie than "Rudy," the story of undersized Notre Dame walk-on Daniel Ruettiger. SPOILER ALERTS AHOY: he gets the hell beaten out of him for four years, perseveres, gets into the game in the last game of his career, and records a sack on the final play before being carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates. Anyone who's ever kind of sucked at football but tried really hard anyway (raising hand) can relate to Rudy's story and draw inspiration from it.
But to the jocks to whom everything comes easy, including football and stealing girlfriends, Rudy's story isn't actually all that inspirational, and wouldn't you know it, here's heartthrob and Super Bowl champion Joe Montana to throw cold water on the whole party decades after the fact:
After a dismissive sigh, Montana undermined some of the main storylines in the movie saying, "The crowd wasn’t chanting … nobody threw in their jerseys."
Montana acknowledged that the real Rudy did play in the final home game ... and did get a sack -- but stated that when the players carried Rudy off the field, they were "kinda playin' around ... I won't say as a joke, but playing around."
Technically, this is much more plausible than the team all rallying around a player who's just, y'know, short and slow of foot. And hey, Ruettinger has parlayed the experience into lasting fame and a movie deal, so it's not like he's the big loser all of a sudden. But still, what exactly was Montana majoring in at Notre Dame, "killjoy studies"? Let the people believe, man.