Samford University The BelltowerOctober 2003

Football Legend "Rudy" To Speak at Samford University

"...Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger’s personal story of triumph in the face of adversity inspired the critically acclaimed 1993 film 'Rudy'..."

Rudy Ruettiger will speak in Samford’s Leslie S. Wright Concert Hall from 2:30–3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. Ruettiger’s personal story of triumph in the face of adversity inspired the critically acclaimed 1993 film Rudy, which will be shown to Samford students starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26 in Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall.

Ruettiger, the son of an oil refinery worker and the third of 14 children, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. It took years of fierce determination for him to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Ruettiger achieved his first dream--to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. In the last 27 seconds of his only play in the only game of his college football career, Ruettiger sacked the opposing quarterback as fans cheered “RU-DY, RU-DY.” He is the only player in the school’s history to be carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders. Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States.

Ruettiger and his partner, Cheryl Ruettiger, recently founded The Rudy Ruettiger Foundation, which seeks to help children build self-esteem, reach their full potential and become positive role models for other children and families across the nation. The foundation develops and supports programs that positively impact the lives of children cognitively, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Ruettiger’s presentation at Samford is sponsored by the University’s School of Business as part of its Gerow Hodges Speaker Series. Hodges, a longtime Samford trustee, founded the series in 1997 for the purpose of bringing business and government leaders to campus to address and meet with students and faculty to enrich the educational experience of everyone involved.

All are welcome to hear Ruettiger relate his unique and inspiring story at Samford on Oct. 27.

More info about... Rudy International (non-Samford link)

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