In 1993, Director David Anspaugh shared a remarkable
story about a highly underrated dreamer. The narrative,
exhibited as the film “Rudy”, detailed the
life of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, an undersized
young man who overcame major challenges to play football
for the University of Notre Dame. In the process of achieving
his goal, Rudy turned non-believers into believers and
showed everyone the end result of perseverance is victory.
Even so, “Rudy” is much more than one person’s
triumph over seemingly impossible odds. In reality, the
film transcends the world of football. At its core, the
movie is a call-to-action for all those who have ever
doubted their own worth or their ability to succeed.
The motivational theme of the story inspires the downtrodden
and frustrated to move forward instead of standing transfixed
in their own disappointments.
As Rudy rushes out onto the field after so many years
of watching from the sidelines, the young boy, who failed
to make the wrestling team on his first attempt, knows
his second tryout could very well be the one to earn him
the coveted team jacket. “Rudy” is also an
anthem for individuals, like Daniel himself, who were
encouraged to choose life paths other than the ones they
truly wanted. Only by following their own dreams can these
people find contentment within themselves.
At the same time, “Rudy” is the whistle shrill
which encourages every athlete to push himself to the
breaking point while training relentlessly to earn a spot
on his country’s Olympic team. For all of these
individuals, the film stands as a much-needed reminder
that success rarely comes to those who do not persevere
because those who stop knocking will never be heard.
Since the beginning of time, people and nations have
been falsely judged on their appearance. For this reason,
bigger men are naturally assumed to make better football
players, and taller males are considered better candidates
for NBA teams. Of course, it goes without saying that
smaller countries can never hope to prevail against nations
bigger than themselves.
The movie “Rudy” allows us to accept the
fallacy in this perception. It was not too long ago a
small nation called the United States defeated a much
larger country to win its independence. Some of the fastest
players in the NFL are of short stature, and many of the
world’s most influential people have been and are
quite diminutive in size. These monumental successes only
prove once and for all that size is inconsequential.
At the end of the day, commitment and perseverance are
the two factors which determine a person’s or group’s
ability to be successful. The film about Rudy Ruettiger’s
life is considered to be one of the greatest movies of
all time because it reiterates this stirring message in
a voice that appeals to individuals of all ages.