Rudy

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A couple years ago on the Let Them Play Triathlon Across America, we had an incredible opportunity to get a private behind the scenes tour of Notre Dame…

As a kid that grew up rooting for the Fighting Irish and a loyal subscriber to “Blue & Gold” magazine, this was beyond an awesome experience and walking through the tunnel and onto the field with touchdown Jesus behind us was surreal in every sense of the word. 

The other day we finally watched “Rudy” with the kids and it brought the entire ND experience full circle…

It had been a good 20 years since I watched the iconic flick from start to finish and at my more advanced age now, I definitely came away with a few lessons worth sharing.

For those unfamiliar with Rudy’s story, he grew up in a household of diehard ND fans and always had dreams to one day attend Notre Dame and play for the iconic Fighting Irish football team.

After high school, Rudy, unfortunately, did not have the grades or football prowess to attend ND so he went to work in a factory… Rudy’s best friend Pete was his biggest believer & would always try to convince Rudy to take a leap of faith to do everything he could to make his dream become a reality.

When Pete tragically died in an accident, Rudy quit his job and moved to South Bend where he enrolled at Notre Dame’s feeder school, Holy Cross. After several failed attempts, Rudy eventually got into Notre Dame, tried out for the football team, made the practice squad and busted his ass to the point where his teammates became easily annoyed by his relentless effort…

Despite the complaints, Rudy just continued to do Rudy and the last game of his senior year, it was his fellow teammates that went to bat for Rudy demanding that he finally get to dress, be a part of the actual team, and lead the Irish out the tunnel. 

At the end of the blowout game, the crowd who was made aware of Rudy’s story in a school newspaper article, started chanting “Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!!!” Then, to the fans delight, he got a chance to go in on the kickoff team and then stayed in for the final play of the game…

That’s when the “you can’t make this shit up” moment happened when Rudy miraculously sacked the Purdue QB.

Ecstatic, the Notre Dame players hoisted Rudy onto their shoulders and off the field… Since that day in 1976, no other ND player has ever been carried off the field. 

So… Here are 3 basic lessons we Daily Hustlers can all take to heart from Rudy’s story:

  1. Don’t EVER give up – Rudy had a vision and a dream of going to ND and playing football. Based on his grades and physical talent, the odds seemed long, if not non existent… 
  2. Follow the process – Sure, Rudy took an unconventional route but there still was a path to follow. Not everyone is going to have the road perfectly cleared for them; sometimes we need to figure out how to clear the road for ourselves… 
  3. The people will speak – So long as we stay committed to the work, our dedication will eventually be recognized. Rudy never compromised what he believed was the right way to best help prepare the team for their next opponent. Even though the other players were often frustrated with his all out effort, they eventually realized his value and demanded he be rewarded for his efforts… 

Go Irish! 🍀

-EB

 

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