Fortune left the team because he felt that he was not playing due to his color.
Fortune reminds Rudy that he has nothing to prove to anyone but himself, and that not a day will go by when he will not regret quitting. Led by team captain and All-American Roland Steele, the other seniors rise to Rudy's defense, and lay their jerseys on Devine's desk, each requesting that Rudy should be allowed to dress in his place for the season's final game.
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After "walking on" as a non-scholarship player for the football team, Rudy convinces coach Ara Parseghian to give him a spot on the practice squad.
An assistant coach warns the players that thirty five "scholarship" players will not even make the "dress roster" of players who take the field during the games, but notices that Rudy exhibits more drive than many of his scholarship teammates.
Rudy learns that Fortune has never seen a Notre Dame football game from the stands, despite having worked at the stadium for years.
Rudy befriends D-Bob, a graduate student at Notre Dame, and a teaching assistant at Rudy's junior college, who offers to tutor Rudy in exchange for help in meeting girls.
It was the first movie that the Notre Dame administration allowed to be shot on campus since Knute Rockne, All American in 1940.
It stars Sean Astin as the title character, along with Ned Beatty, Jason Miller and Charles S. The script was written by Angelo Pizzo, who created Hoosiers (1986), which was also directed by Anspaugh. In the late 1960s, Daniel Eugene "Rudy" Ruettiger grows up in Joliet, Illinois, dreaming of playing college football at Notre Dame.
Though he is achieving some success with his high school team at Joliet Catholic, he lacks the grades and money necessary to attend Notre Dame, as well as the talent and physical stature to play football for a major intercollegiate program.
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Rudy is a 1993 American biographical sports film directed by David Anspaugh.