Keynote Speaker Daniel Rudy Ruettiger

Daniel Rudy Ruettiger

From the movie RUDY!

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $20,001 - $40,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Nevada, USA

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Rudy Ruettiger’s Major Accomplishments Include . . .
Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger in twenty seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy Ruettiger rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. Today, Rudy Ruettiger is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States.

It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy Ruettiger achieved his first dream – to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered RU-DY, RU-DY, he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. To this day, Rudy Ruettiger is the only player in the school’s history to be carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders.

Why Daniel Rudy Ruettiger

  • Rudy speaks from the heart.  His message is from his own true story that was also represented in the TRISTAR  hit movie RUDY!  Rudy teaches from his life experiences and impacts the audience with his Dream Big, Never Quit way of thinking! Rudy will make a huge impact on your group and will inspire them to work as a team and Never Quit on the journey to accomplish their biggest goals and dreams. Rudy’s presentation is choreographed to a video production that brings the audience to their feet every time!  Rudy offers a 15 min Q&A immediately following his presentation and closes the event with a meet and greet for photos and autographs with your top executives and sponsors!
  • Rudy’s message is universal.  It inspires people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, and career paths.  The movie RUDY creates visibility for all of our clients and it helps them to promote their event to their employees, staff, associates, and sponsors. Rudy will help you promote your event by making himself available for all media interviews, tv/radio/online/print to promote the event and your company. It’s great exposure for your organization.
  • Rudy’s message can be tailored to the specific needs and focus of your company. Rudy offers all clients an opportunity to submit a client profile that explains any important points of focus for Rudy’s presentation. Rudy will also participate in a conference call directly with the client a few weeks prior to the event to discuss all of the finer points of the presentation to achieve the goals of the company/school/or organization. If you are looking to create teamwork, a positive experience in the workplace, and an uplifting office morale to inspire individuals to do their personal best everyday, then you will love RUDY!

In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Written and produced by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the award winning team who brought us Hoosiers, the critically acclaimed RUDY received “two thumbs up” from Siskel and Ebert and continues to inspire millions worldwide.

Today, as a highly sought after motivational speaker, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger entertains international corporate audiences with his unique, passionate and heartfelt style of communication. Rudy Ruettiger reaches school children, university students, and professional athletes with the same enthusiasm, portraying the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph. Rudy’s captivating personality and powerful message of “YES I CAN” stays with his audiences forever.

Rudy Ruettiger has shared the speaking platform with great leaders and speakers including President George Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Joe Montana, General Colin Powell, Christopher Reeve, and Zig Ziglar. Rudy Ruettiger’s opening remarks receive thunderous applause and standing ovations from audiences of 200 to 20,000 who emotionally chant RU-DY, RU-DY! A few of Rudy’s media appearances include: People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, US Magazine, Readers Digest, Inside Sports, and Good Morning America.

In addition to his motivational speaking, Rudy Ruettiger has co-authored several books, including: Rudy’s Insights for Winning In Life, Rudy’s Lessons for Young Champions, Rudy & Friends and The Rudy In You.

More About Rudy Ruettiger . . .

Rudy Ruettiger has established the Rudy Foundation, whose mission is to help children of all ages around the world reach their full potential. The Rudy Foundation develops and supports programs that positively impact the lives of children cognitively, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The Rudy Award Program was created by the Rudy Ruettiger Foundation to recognize children who make an outstanding, exceptional effort to do their personal best everyday, overcome obstacles, set goals, stay on track to reach their Dreams and build the qualities of Character, Courage, Contribution, and Commitment into their lives everyday. The Rudy Award is about a child’s heart, will to change, and desire for self-improvement.

Testimonials 7

  • Having met Rudy and exchanging mutual philosophies, I find him to be an individual of exceptional character and broad goodwill. His resolve stands as a testament to the enduring belief that an individual can rise above extraordinary obstacles to achieve a positive result in this incredibly competitive world.

    Sylvester Stallone

  • Rudy has impacted millions of American lives by being an example of perseverance, determination, and diligence. He is a man that has shown strength of heart and amazing spirit in times that are not always kind. He has become an example of what people, young or old, can aspire to become.

    Kenny C. Guin


  • Your address truly moved the audience. As a matter of fact, President McDowell commented that yours was only the second time since he has been president (27 years) that a commencement speaker received a standing ovation!

    Mark W. Van Tilburg

    Univ. of Pittsburgh – Bradford

  • Rudy’s presentation was a huge hit and helped make’s Global Sales Conference a booming success!

    Jocelyn Talbot, Sr.

    VP – Telesales

  • Mr. Ruettiger’s list of accomplishments and contributions speaks for itself. He serves as an excellent inspiration for our young people, an example that hard work and determination are the pathways to success.

    Shelley Berkley


  • In spite of many obstacles, Rudy has become a huge success. His personal motivation, perserverance, and determination were major factors in his significant accomplishments. I witnessed resolve firsthand as his college football coach.

    Ara P. Parseghian


  • Rudy gave a presentation to the Lakewood Police Department and the West Metro Fire Protection District. With his charismatic and down-to-earth style, Rudy has given many the motivation they needed to try again, to believe, to succeed. He is a man who simply exudes a “never-quit” attitude and indomitable spirit.

    Gary R. Barbour

    Chief of Police

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