'Rudy' Returning to Joliet for Book Event

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, whose college football experience inspired the movie "Rudy," will speak and sign books at Joliet Catholic Academy on Sept. 25.

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, the Joliet native whose experience playing football at the University of Notre Dame inspired the movie Rudy, will speak and sign autographs next week at Joliet Catholic Academy.

The free public event, set for 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in the JCA gym, will center around Ruettiger's new book Rudy: My Story, which went on sale earlier this month.

Ruettiger will speak about his life experiences as well as how to set and reach your own goals.

Despite being just 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds, Ruetigger's early goal had been to play football for the University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish. He was chosen to be on the school's scout team, and finally given a chance to play in the last home game of the 1975 season, where he scored a sack in the third of three plays. 

He is one of only two Notre Dame players in the university's history to be carried off the field by his teammates.

Ruettiger, now a motivational speaker, will be discussing those experiences as well as his dyslexia, which was undiagnosed until he got to college.

He will also be signing copies of his book, which can be purchased at Barnes & Noble in Joliet, and other memorabilia (limited to one per person) and will pose for photos.

Although many people are familiar with the movie Rudy, Ruettiger will discuss the struggle to get a movie made about his life and how he nearly lost sight of his own dreams. He will detail the failures and hard lessons he's learned and show how "hitting the reset button" was the best thing that happened to him.

"I shouldn’t have been chasing the money,” Ruttiger said in a written release. “I should have been chasing the dream. It was one of the most profound, simple, important lessons I would ever learn – and the consequences of that lesson would haunt me for years.”

Editor's Note: Much of the information in this post is based on a Barnes & Noble press release.

Clutche September 19, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Can't believe JCA would have a swindler as a speaker..
Average Joe September 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM
But if we ignore it, it never happened!
Mr. Joliet September 19, 2012 at 04:25 PM
SEC Charges Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger and 12 Others in Scheme to Pump Stock in Sports Drink Company FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2011-268 Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2011 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Daniel Ruettiger and 12 other participants in a scheme to deceive investors into buying stock in his sports drink company. Ruettiger is widely known for having inspired the 1993 motion picture "Rudy."
DRECKS September 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
If I remember , Catholic High Rudys scheme netted them 10 million and he paid only 150 thousand in fines. Nice work.
DRECKS September 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Thank you


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