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Rudy Ruettiger

It Starts With A Dream

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Rudy Ruettiger: It Starts With A Dream

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Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger in twenty seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream - to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered RU-DY, RU-DY, he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the only player in the school's history to be carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders.

In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Written and produced by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the award-winning team who brought us HOOSIERS, the critically acclaimed RUDY received "Two Thumbs Up" from Siskel and Ebert and continues to inspire millions worldwide.

Today, a highly sought after motivational speaker, Rudy entertains international corporate audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating. The Dream, The Struggle, The Victory!  That’s what Rudy is all about.  Rudy creates excitement.  He will re-ignite the fire for the Dream in your group, inspire your people to develop goals within the company and work together as a team, show them how to get through struggle together, become encouragers, create momentum, keep their attitude high, and show them how to claim their victory as a company.  He reaches school children, university students, and professional athletes with the same enthusiasm, portraying the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph. His captivating personality and powerful message of "YES I CAN" stays with his audiences forever. Rudy shares the speaking platform with great leaders and speakers including President George Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Peter Lowe, Joe Montana, General Colin Powell, Christopher Reeve, and Zig Ziglar. Rudy's opening remarks receive thunderous applause and standing ovations from audiences of 200 to 20,000 people who emotionally chant RU-DY, RU-DY! A few of Rudy's media appearances include: People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, US Magazine, Readers Digest, Inside Sports, The 700 Club, NFL Films, CBS Goodmorning, ABC Good Morning America, NBC Talk Live, Regis and Kathy Lee, Montel Williams Show, Entertainment Tonight.
"Wow! This is what our members are still saying three weeks after your appearance. Your presentation at the North Carolina Auto Dealers Annual Convention last month in Asheville, North Carolina was truly inspirational. Thank you for your part in making our convention such a great success."
North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association

"I want to express my appreciation for the incredible presentation you gave to the Business Development department at the United Parcel Service. The likelihood of a repeat performance to other areas of our company has greatly increased because of the positive outcome. The investment in our people was well worth the monetary cost to UPS. It was great to hear the comments from our management team about how positively you affected their feelings about doing their personal best in their job as well as in their daily life."
United Parcel Service

"Just a note to let you know how pleased I am with your presentation to our group in Hawaii. You exceeded all of my expectations and based on the comments I have heard from our group you exceeded theirs as well. Our people really enjoyed your message and appreciated the opportunity to meet you after the presentation."
Physicians Mutual Insurance Company

"Absolutely great! Perfect for our company. It was one of the best presentations we ever had, and we've been doing this for 11 years!"
Penske Trucking
Amway Corporation
Dow Chemical
Glaxo Wellcome
New York Life
Pfizer Pharmaceutical
Prudential Insurance
Readers Digest