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Rudy: My Story

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Rudy became the inspiration for millions when a Hollywood film depicting his journey as a Notre Dame football player became one of the most influential sports movies ever made. In Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger's only autobiography, go behind the scenes to experience the heartache, triumph, and glory through Rudy's own eyes, and learn details of the ten years it took to get the m ...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published September 3rd 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published September 1st 2012)
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Brandice
So, it was disappointing to realize that Rudy the movie involved a lot of hardship that was exaggerated for effect, and the actual man is a bit of a mess who has spent his entire life living off of a couple of football plays. Can't get someone to buy a car? Bring them to Rudy's office and he'll tell the story of RUDYYYY and sells a car. It's as if he never hoped or dreamed of anything else. He's not truly acknowledging of his own privilege and how it makes his whole "you can do anything if you w ...more
Jim Blessing
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports
This book by the actual Rudy character of Notre Dame football fame. The early part of the book was most interesting and as he aged one tended to get irratated by his self-promotion.
Todd Noorman
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've always loved the movie, "Rudy." So why wouldn't I love the book with the story behind it all. Here's the answer to that question: because the movie was fiction. Had I not seen the movie, the book would've been just okay, but I couldn't get past the thought that it could also be a warning to kids NOT to be like this person (Rudy). He comes off as arrogant, narcissistic, and someone who can't stay in one place for too long (he held many, many jobs, not putting much of an effort into keeping t ...more
Maggie
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
There are some teens who will Read this book at just the right time in their life and the message will connect. As I read this book I couldn't help thinking about Cora Ten Boom's story (the Hiding Place) and the powerful message she was sharing with the world. Rudy has a powerful message as well and I believe that teens who read this book will be inspired. This is going to be a book that will need word-of-mouth promoting. It's not going to appeal to readers who are just looking for action, myste ...more
Jessica
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
My parents gave me this book for my birthday because they know how much I love the movie "Rudy." I was excited to read it with Travis and Cole. While I found the first third to be interesting human interest on Rudy and his family and his initial dream of getting into Notre Dame and playing football, I found the remainder of the book to be a big disappointment. Once Rudy achieves his initial dream, he writes about all of his efforts to get his story turned into a movie. From a writing perspective ...more
Matt
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is even more inspirational than I thought it was going to be. Rudy talks very openly about the highs...and lows...of his life. It is like you are sitting there talking to him and you want to ask him a question, thinking the book might answer back.

The last several chapters are perhaps the most inspirational. I won't spoil it, but...I can tell you that Rudy discusses some struggles in 2011. I had the opportunity to meet Rudy at the Notre Dame bookstore in late 2011 where he signed a copy of "
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Cole Syring
This book is really good to read as being a football player. It is a very inspiring book to read. Also if you have time you should watch the movie because it tells the story in a good way. I like how it talks about how he grew up not being able to do much because he was smaller than some of the other kids. I liked reading the book after the movie to see how much of a difference there was. It is cool how it shows him trying to get into the school. Then trying harder to get on to the football team ...more
Hunter
Oct 18, 2017 added it
In the story of Rudy there is a lot of sacrifices that he makes to ultimately join the Notre Dame football team. He grew up in a very crowed lower class family home. His dad was a factory worker and his mom was a stay at home mom. He was a very poor student in high school, but after high school his life took a turn for the better. He enlisted in the Navy and toured the world on a ship. After he did his tour he came back and enrolled in Holy Cross. After two years he got into Notre Dame and event ...more
Michael
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Radtke
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I remember watching this movie when it just came out. I didn't like football (don't hate it but it's not a passion). There was something about the movie that has stuck with me all these years. I remember Rudy memorizing the speech and giving it to the empty locker room. I saw this book and had to read it. Didn't realize how perfect it was to fit in my reading selections. The other surprise was that my hubby had never seen the movie. I don't know how that's possible, but he is a country boy.




I had
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Aj
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Go Rudy Go

There was once a young man who came home devastated when he did not make his high school basketball team. At that point, he was faced with two choices in his life. He could either embrace the task of having to work harder or give up. Today, this young man is known as NBA’s greatest basketball player ever, Michael Jordan. Jordan’s hard work and persistence paid off; his success serves as a great inspiration to others, much like the life story of an underdog who possessed a burning des
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AJ
Oct 30, 2014 added it
Go Rudy Go
There was once a young man who came home devastated when he did not make his high school basketball team. At that point, he was faced with two choices in his life. He could either embrace the task of having to work harder or give up. Today, this young man is known as NBA’s greatest basketball player ever, Michael Jordan. Jordan’s hard work and persistence paid off; his success serves as a great inspiration to others, much like the life story of an underdog who possessed a burning des
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Blake B.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great novel I read this year was Rudy: My Story by Daniel E. Ruettiger. This book is an autobiography reflecting on Ruettiger's amazing story. Ruettiger better known by his nickname, Rudy, grew up in Joliet, Illinois. He has a big dream of playing football at the University of Notre Dame. A lot of people tell him he can not possibly fulfill his dream, including Rudy’s family. Rudy does not have the money, athleticism, nor grades to get into Notre Dame. A teaching assistant named D-Bob tutors R ...more
John Ruane
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I rate this coffee-table book five stars because Rudy Ruettiger expands on the story so many of us are familiar with from the great movie, Rudy. The movie is one of my top five sports movies of all time, very inspirational. Take the inspiration provided from that movie and multiply it times 10. Rudy Ruettiger has led an incredible life, one in a million. He adds information about his time in high school at Joliet Catholic, joining the Navy in 1968 during the height of the Vietnam War, returning ...more
Zachary
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports
this book should end in 1976
Daniel Butcher
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger with the help of Mark Dagostino tells us for the first time a story many of us thought we know in Rudy: My Story. Rudy: My Story retells the familiar story of Rudy Ruettiger’s efforts to play for his beloved Notre Dame football team. Ruettiger tells the story of his large and loving family in Joliet, Illinois, and their growing love of Notre Dame. Ruettiger loved sports, but hated school which meant his chances to go to college were non-existent. In the era of the escala ...more
Bstop
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book Rudy Ruettiger, my story. It is based on a true life story of a young kid that decides to ignore societal norms, and go to Notre Dame one of the best football schools in the nation. Throughout the book Rudy goes through many struggles such as poor grades, dyslexia, and the coach refusing to play him, etc. It is a great story and relatable as a young teen that also plays sports.
One thing I loved about this story was that it showed how important it is to wor
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Honeybee
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You have probably seen the movie by the same title. "This," as the late Paul Harvey would say, "is the rest of the story."

Hollywood's take on Daniel "Rudy" Reuteger's story was both moving and inspirational. However, no two-hour film can possibly relate the depth of Rudy's struggles or his triumphs--either leading up to or following his 27-second moment of glory on the Notre Dame football field.

From his huge family, a less-than-stellar beginning as a struggling and reckless high school student,
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Jeannine
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Rudy is one of my favorite movies. Ever. I have it on DVD but only watch it once or twice a year so as not to dilute its specialness. I listen to the soundtrack on my ipod. I read this book for one reason only, to find out what parts of the movie were real and what parts were Hollywood-ized. On that score, this book delivers and I'm so happy that one of my favorite movies is pretty much true to the real story**, which means I can continue to enjoy this movie as true.

I gave the book two stars bec
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Mike Kennedy
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: football
I really liked this book. The movie Rudy is one of my favorite movies of all time, so when I saw this book I had to read it. I was surprised how much the movie and real life differ. That being said the theme and spirit of Rudy's life was captured in the movie. It was more the details of his life that you couldn't fit into artwork hour movie. The book is broken into four sections; his childhood, his time at Holy Cross and Notre Dame, the movie itself, and his motivational speaking section. I love ...more
Cole
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
My parents gave me this book for my birthday because they know how much I love the movie "Rudy." I was excited to read it with Travis and Cole. While I found the first third to be interesting human interest on Rudy and his family and his initial dream of getting into Notre Dame and playing football, I found the remainder of the book to be a big disappointment. Once Rudy achieves his initial dream, he writes about all of his efforts to get his story turned into a movie. From a writing perspective ...more
Samantha
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the story of the real Rudy. The before, during Notre Dame and after. There is more to the story than the movie. You find out what was left out of the movie and what they changed to make a better movie. The whole first part of the book is about how he grew up, inspirational moments that kept him going and Notre Dame. He was involved in boxing at Notre Dame and I had no clue. However, the second part of his life was about getting the movie made. It dragged a lot of the time. He gets taken ...more
Chancellor Fangirl
Sep 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-work
The moment my dislike of the book turned to outright hate:

As the end of that first semester as a post-grad approached, I realized the whole thing made no sense. It just wasn't me. It wasn't the way I wanted to be spending my time. It's funny, but unless you have a real direction in college—unless you know that you're inspired to be a doctor, for instance you're left at the end of those four years with a tremendous feeling of uncertainty. Everyone thinks college should be all about education, but
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StoneyS
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rudy: My Story Review

The main character in this book is Rudy his whole life he had a dream to attend his favorite school Notre dame, but it was gonna be hard when he’s failing his classes you learn to strive to achieve what you want through out this book. I really loved this book it’s very inspiring and teaches me to do what I believe in.

I was very happy with the ending you actually learn a lot from this book. The fact that this was based on a true story is really awesome to see how Rudy made i
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Hank Pharis
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like everyone else I loved the movie. I had been wanting to read the book for decades. After finally doing so all I can say is that it far exceeded my expectations. There is so much more to this very inspiring story as well as the years since the story.

(Note: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book or a B. 3 = Very good or a B+; 4 = Outstanding or an A {only about 5% of the books I read merit this}; 5 = All time favorites or an A+ {one of these may come along every 400-500 books}
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Jason
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A lot of Rudy's autobiography will be familiar to anyone who saw the film "Rudy," although he spends more time detailing his family, his time growing up in Joliet and what he did when he wasn't on the Notre Dame campus (he was in the Navy before he went to college and he worked a lot even while he was in school). He also gives a look at all he and filmmakers had to do to get the movie made.

All in all it was an interesting look into the life of an inspiring individual. A quick and enjoyable read.
Rosemary Yakubowski
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For any fan of Notre Dame Football, and/or the movie Rudy, this book is a MUST read. It's a wonderful book that tells the WHOLE story, of Rudy, and the impact that he and his movie have made on people all over the country. This book delves so much deeper into the trails and tribulations of this life before Notre Dame, and after. It also fills in lots of blanks that the movie didn't have time to cover. I highly suggest this book! I believe that EVERY high school student should read this book also ...more
Todd
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I honestly did not want to like this book. I thought it was either going to be self promotion or some sort of 'look at me, I'm Rudy' thing. In reality, it was a good read. Very fast. It provides a lot of background info on the movie of the same name. It also looks at some other achievements he had while at ND but were left out of the movie because his tackle against Ga Tech was not the only thing he ever did. If you liked the movie Rudy, the background info in this book alone makes it worth your ...more
Michael Vincent
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A definite book of the year candidate. Everything I hoped it would be. Fantastic - made me cry - an incredible story and fun to find out that so much that is in the movie is representing what actually happened. The navy and boxing aspects not told in the movie, along with the hardships of getting the movie made, were interesting. I appreciated his vulnerability about his mistakes in recent years. Inspirational throughout.
Barb
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book published in 2012 goes beyond the movie's climatic ending to present day. It is more than just an inspirational sports book but a book on trying your best and defeating the odds against you in all aspects of life. I found the book inspirational but realistic. The sharing of the author's life to present day was a series of ups and downs, but from each down he picked himself up and went on again!
That is a life lesson for all of us!
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