Joe Montana Not a Fan of 'Rudy'
Montana, who was the quarterback on the 1975 Notre Dame team depicted in the movie, says the film, which chronicled the exploits of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, a lightly used defensive player on that Irish team, pooh-poohed the film during an appearance this week on Dan Patrick's radio/television show.
When asked by Patrick about the film, Montana said "It's a movie, remember? Not all that's true." Pressed by Patrick, Montana said, unlike the film's depiction, the crowd at Notre Dame Stadium wasn't chanting for Ruettiger and no one threw in their jerseys.
And, in the coup d' grace, Montana offered that, while Ruettiger did play in the final home game that season and did get a sack, the team carried him off the field, not in some form of tribute to his skill, but as a sort of a goof.
"He worked his butt off to get where he was ... but not any harder than anybody else," said Montana.
No doubt, Montana will be accepting a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as a crusty old jock who can't let go of the past in "The Joe Montana Story."