It never fails, no matter what kind of mood I’m in, I can walk into the last three minutes of the movie ‘Rudy’ and start crying. It’s been on a little more than usual, no doubt, due to the Notre Dame v. ‘Bama National Championship game tonight.
Although the movie is focused on Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger’s achievement of playing football at Notre Dame as an underdog , Ruettiger says that the main message he wanted to get across was his desire to contribute. To be a part of something. Awesome.
It’s a great lesson for us strength coaches. How can we contribute to further someone else’s goals and dreams? We never know where these opportunities can come from but we need to be ready for them. Our impact could be from an everyday client or a random encounter in some globo gym. Just be ready. And be nice.
Some interesting “Rudy” facts:
*All of the Ruettiger boys went by ‘Rudy.’
*The youngest boys were the best wrestlers with many going on to successful coaching careers. Attributed to the fact that they had to wrestle for everything and they learned most from the older brothers.
*Rudy’s parents settled in mid-state Wisconsin.
*ND Head Coach Dan Devine, who is portrayed in the movie as not wanting to dress or play Rudy on his last home game was actually the one who came up with the idea of dressing Ruettiger. Poor guy took a beating on the movie.
*Ruettiger found out he was Dyslexic in college at Holy Cross prior to his Notre Dame transfer.
*Rudy’s former football coach claimed that there was no quit in Ruettiger. If he were losing in a bar fight, his opponent would have to quit or kill him. He had no quit.
Yup. Tears. Again.
If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.