Anyone that’s ever seen a sports film inspired by a true story probably already knows that there’s a lot of Hollywood bullshit at work. We get it. We understand it. We let it go, suspend our disbelief, and let the goosebumps wash over us. 1993’s Rudy — one of the greatest football films of all time — is exactly that kind of movie, the one where we avoid reading Wikipedia so as not to have our illusions shattered. The good news, however, is that if you do read up on Rudy Reutiger, the essential facts align fairly well with the movie.
However, buzzkill San Francisco 49ers legend — who was a freshman in 1975 when Rudy Reuttiger was walked off the field on the shoulders of his Notre Dame teammates — would like you to know that, though the facts of the movie are more or less accurate, Rudy doesn’t quite capture the spirit. It was joke, people. Rudy was a joke! So says Montana in an interview with Adam Sandler sycophant, Dan Patrick:
DP: Were you there when Rudy was there?
JM: Yeah. It’s a movie, remember. Not all of that is true.
DP: What wasn’t true?
JM: Well, the crowd wasn’t chanting. No one threw in their jerseys. He did get in the game. He got carried off [at the end of] the game. […] Back then they tried to play someone at the end of [the season] that all the seniors could get in the last home game. The schedule was kind of set that way.
So he got in. He did get a sack. And then the guys carried him off, just playing around. I won’t say it was a joke, but it was playing around. He worked his butt off to get where he was and to do the things he did. But not any harder than anyone else.
Oh, bullshit, Montana. Rudy Reuttiger was five foot nothin’, a hundred and nothin’ and hardly had a spec of athletic ability and he hung in with the best college football team in the land for two years! You don’t do that without working harden than anyone else on the field. Don’t go taking away our dreams, asshole. Rudy is a legend. He was not a joke! I know, because I saw the movie.
(Source: Filmdrunk via Yahoo)