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Joe Montana creates a controversy by debunking "Rudy"

Before he was a Pro Football Hall of Famer, Joe Montana was a Notre Dame quarterback and teammate of Daniel Ruettiger, the inspiration for the movie Rudy. And now there’s a little bit of a controversy brewing over Montana’s disdain for the film.

Montana said on The Dan Patrick Show that no one was chanting Rudy’s name during the final game of Ruettiger’s Notre Dame career, which served as the climax of the movie. And he said that when his teammates famously carried Ruettiger off the field on their shoulders, it was more of a goof on their diminutive teammate than anything else.

I won’t say it was a joke, but it was playing around,” Montana said.

Dan Patrick responded to that by saying, “You’re ruining it for me,” and now TMZ is making an issue of it.

TMZ quotes another Notre Dame teammate, Jay Achterhoff, as calling the movie “98% true” and being “disappointed that [Montana] wasn’t more supportive of Rudy.”

“Rudy was carried off the field that day . . . but not as a joke — but because he finally got to play,” Achterhoff said. “You’ve never in your life seen a guy who wanted to be on the field more.”

The game in question took place 35 years ago, so it’s not surprising that different people remember the events differently. But suffice to say, Ruettiger has served as an inspiration for many, even if the Hollywood ending to Rudy was too good to be true.

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  1. Pea Tear Griffin says: Sep 9, 2010 10:28 AM

    Old news. Also the real life coach was all for Rudy; not some naysayer keeping him down.

  2. purpleguy says: Sep 9, 2010 10:29 AM

    Sure it’s an inspiring story, but I bet Rudy was irritating as hell, which is probably why Montana isn’t bowing before his movie.

  3. Actlikea2yrold says: Sep 9, 2010 10:32 AM

    Who the hell is this Montana guy anyway??? What would he know? He only played QB, Achtehoff was a bench warmer, he didnt miss anything.

  4. TylerDurden says: Sep 9, 2010 10:32 AM

    Stir that pot, Mike. Stir that pot.

  5. Wick says: Sep 9, 2010 10:34 AM

    Even if what Montana says is true, I see no upside to his mentioning such a thing — and I do see plenty of downside.
    It will likely make Montana come off very poorly to his alma mater, his fellow teammates, Ruettiger and family, the media and the public at large in general who often have a soft spot for underdogs.
    Montana does not come off looking real well here.

  6. Fran the Man says: Sep 9, 2010 10:36 AM

    Say it ain’t so Joe!
    (You mean-spirited SOB)

  7. jj jones says: Sep 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    Was there really a mystical black janitor?

  8. jcjets says: Sep 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    Montana was just one guy on the team so it’s really just his opinion. He comes off as a bit of a douche, tho. He’s had an entire career of glory, can’t he just let it be and let Rudy have some?

  9. LBPACKFAN says: Sep 9, 2010 10:39 AM

    I am a relative of Dan Devine…he was pretty upset about how his character was portrayed in that movie…

  10. jersey73 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:39 AM

    I read an interview with the real Rudy and he said Dan Devine was a nice guy, but when they were making the movie they needed a “villain” so Rudy asked Dan if he minded if his character was written that way. Dan supposedly had no problem.
    The other interesting tidbit was Dan Devine said the scene where the players laid down there jerseys and said they wanted Rudy to play in their place never happened. He said if any player ever did that, he’d bench their ass!

  11. robert ethen says: Sep 9, 2010 10:42 AM

    Say it ain’t so, Joe.

  12. wvugrad00 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:42 AM

    who cares the movie sucked

  13. JesseJames says: Sep 9, 2010 10:43 AM

    The University or Rudy should just cut Joe a check and he’ll “remember” it any way they want. Joe doesn’t say or do anything these days unless there’s cold hard cash destined for his pocket involved.

  14. nps6724 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:47 AM

    Was either guy involved in carrying Rudy off the field? Because they would know more than anyone.

  15. paranoidandroid says: Sep 9, 2010 10:48 AM

    that’s pretty sorry of montana to say that. whats the point making that comment now? sounds like a guy that wants to be in the news again

  16. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Sep 9, 2010 10:48 AM

    Maybe everybody else was doing it to honor Rudy, and Montana was doing it to be an asshole.
    Nice guy.

  17. JT11 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:48 AM

    Every movie based on a true story has some dramatic embellishments. The end of the movie while very dramatic isn’t what the story is about. It’s about hard work and chasing your dreams.

  18. yem123 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:50 AM

    Do you want Montana to lie? I have respect for people who tell the truth. Not like Montana wrote a book about it, he was asked a question, and answered truthfully to the best of his ability. How can you be upset with someone for that?

  19. Wonderlicker says: Sep 9, 2010 10:50 AM

    Some people will believe anything.

  20. Sting Ray says: Sep 9, 2010 10:50 AM

    What’s up with Montana? Grumpy old man already?

  21. Junior says: Sep 9, 2010 10:51 AM

    jj jones says:
    September 9, 2010 10:38 AM
    Was there really a mystical black janitor?
    —————————————–
    Lol, awesome.

  22. djmoore914 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:52 AM

    Oh and now Montana promotes “Shape Ups” while Rudy is still reaping royalties from one of the greatest sports films of all time.

  23. robert ethen says: Sep 9, 2010 10:52 AM

    Joe sez it ain’t so.

  24. pigsty says: Sep 9, 2010 10:54 AM

    Geez.
    Just click your Rudy Red Shoes girlz.
    And wait.

  25. mmcnulty says: Sep 9, 2010 10:55 AM

    Maybe he means it more like, we didn’t carry him off as some big thing or as part of a big moment. It was kind of like, lets carry him off in a good natured exaggerated sort of way.

  26. fresno500 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:55 AM

    Another “Pat Tillman” hero.

  27. smarty arte says: Sep 9, 2010 10:56 AM

    Nice job Joe!! Maybe you were the one they were really goofing on. The other guys probably really liked the guy for trying so hard and being so persistent.
    I guess you have to deflect some of the nerd attention for wearing retarded looking gym shoes in a commercial. They cut the scene out of the movie where Joe & his cool frat buddies pants Rudy and hang him from the flagpole. while screaming “NERD”.

  28. umcouldbe says: Sep 9, 2010 10:56 AM

    jj jones:
    No, but there may have been a mystical black groundskeeper.

  29. robert ethen says: Sep 9, 2010 10:57 AM

    Finally having had enough of the smarmy little ****, all former friends and teammates of Montana issued a joint statement saying his entire career was a myth. None of it actually happened, and they don’t want to answer any further questions about the jerk.

  30. Maltese Raider says: Sep 9, 2010 10:58 AM

    From personal experience – Montana is an a.SS hat. Incredible how somebody could be so bitter towards the game and his fans. Classless.

  31. karmathaitch says: Sep 9, 2010 10:59 AM

    Eff Rudy, the movie, and Notre Dame!! The janiter was cool!! LOL!!
    You killed that one JJ

  32. Moe Lester says: Sep 9, 2010 11:00 AM

    Montana is the most overrated football player in the history of the game. Ruettiger himself could have been a Hall of Fame quarterback if he had Jerry Rice to throw to his whole career, let alone the rest of that stacked 49er offense. Screw that rude overrated jerk

  33. Testify says: Sep 9, 2010 11:00 AM

    Montana is a jerk…

  34. The Troof says: Sep 9, 2010 11:04 AM

    Since they are both Chicago-area teams, it’s an easy comparison… Rudy is to Notre Dame what Ronnie Woo Woo is to the Cubs.
    Only the tourists find it charming.

  35. tinopuno says: Sep 9, 2010 11:07 AM

    Screw Rudy! He was a cretin. And screw Norte Dame!!

  36. rraider says: Sep 9, 2010 11:08 AM

    Was the janitor really “mystical”.
    Hilarious comment.

  37. ejtowne says: Sep 9, 2010 11:10 AM

    Thanks for ruining the story for me Joe. Couldn’t just leave it alone? I’ve always respected you, even when you wheelchaired your old ass into KC. Now I think your a class A As-hole.

  38. TheDPR says: Sep 9, 2010 11:11 AM

    Rudy will be a great film long after Montana’s “I sell shoes to old people” gig is long over.

  39. NJ28 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:11 AM

    That sad part for Rudy is had he just been born 30 years later, he may have been a starter at Notre Dame!

  40. mustbechris says: Sep 9, 2010 11:15 AM

    It’s not 98% true at all. I’ll go with Montana on this one. Not that I care to begin with.
    I don’t see why it matters though. Sports movies are never true, the same way Invincible is half-made up.

  41. KnuckleBucket says: Sep 9, 2010 11:21 AM

    “Hey Montana, you’re a douche bag! Let the guy have his moment”
    Why the hell would he say that even if it were true. Just shows a lack of class for a guy who wanted nothing more than to play for Notre Dame.

  42. Ice22 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:22 AM

    Not sure what Montana was thinking when he said that. There is no upside for him. Movies ALWAYS take some level of “creative license” with the facts because well…………….. IT’S A MOVIE! Another one was Remember The Titans where the racial discontent was really played up for the movie when in fact the school had been integrated for 3 or 4 years already and the racial issues were not even close to what was portrayed in the movie. But….. both movies were still great!

  43. clubfoot says: Sep 9, 2010 11:23 AM

    He never got in the game.

  44. stillworker says: Sep 9, 2010 11:23 AM

    I would expect nothing less from Montana. He is a cheese-richard.

  45. madpoet says: Sep 9, 2010 11:24 AM

    I’ve met Rudy in real life. He might have been cool in college, but 20 years ago when I met him he was an egotistical jerk that was so amazingly annoying to be around.
    That said, Joe is no saint himself ;)

  46. FrankfordYellowJackets says: Sep 9, 2010 11:34 AM

    Joe’s Shape-ups are tied too tight.

  47. OchoUno81 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:37 AM

    WAIT….movies aren’t 100% true???? I don’t believe it!
    Douche!
    Just another reason for this Bengals fan to hate Joe Montana
    ……or was that Barry Manilow? I can never tell them apart.

  48. JHig713 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:40 AM

    Montana is the most overrated football player in the history of the game. Ruettiger himself could have been a Hall of Fame quarterback if he had Jerry Rice to throw to his whole career, let alone the rest of that stacked 49er offense. Screw that rude overrated jerk
    ————————————————–
    Montana won 2 Super Bowls before Rice was even in the league.

  49. thirdandgoal says: Sep 9, 2010 11:44 AM

    Joe is smart enough to know the difference between “Documentary” and “Based on a true story…” He probably could’ve handled the question a little more professionally– he’s no stranger to the spotlight.

  50. Popeye says: Sep 9, 2010 11:45 AM

    montana is over rated
    Love Tom Brady

  51. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 9, 2010 11:46 AM

    Even if Montana is right, why come out and say it? It’s just not in good taste.

  52. edgy1957 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:50 AM

    Well, the part about the guys coming in with their uniforms wasn’t true and it was said to piss Dan Devine to no end about that portrayal.
    BTW, is anyone a fan of My Name Is Earl? They did a send up on Rudy that had me laughing my butt off. If you’ve never seen it, tune in to WTBS to watch it, it’s a hoot.

  53. Coach Stram says: Sep 9, 2010 11:50 AM

    Easily the worst sports movie of all time. Syrupy, over acted, and flat out irritating.
    If Rudy is your inspiration, you live a very sheltered and milque-toast life!
    I pity Ned Beatty.
    Bravo, Joe Montana!!!!!!!

  54. nflhof says: Sep 9, 2010 11:52 AM

    Since when does Hollywood change the truth in their movies. Sounds like Joe needs a refresher course.

  55. wmt says: Sep 9, 2010 11:53 AM

    I think most people are smart enought to know that movies for the most part are over-glorified. That said, it sounds like Joe Montana is having some popularity withdraw….too bad he is treating a former team-mate like that. I always thought Joe was a class act but now i view him a little differently. I’m sure if they did an over-glorified movie about him, he would maintain that it is 100% true and they left out alot of even better details. What a dick.

  56. CapsLockKey says: Sep 9, 2010 11:54 AM

    A sports movie “inspired by a true story” that isn’t exactly accurate? NO F’N WAY!?!
    Next thing you are going to tell me is that Michael Oher didn’t actually stop an airbag with his hand, or that he was actually self motivated and didn’t need some rich woman to tell him to “protect the family” before he actually started playing football well.

  57. Chiefs2010 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:58 AM

    Luckily for Ruettiger, blacks weren’t fully accepted at ND until the shellacking at the hands of Miami in the 80s, fact.

  58. tk444 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:00 PM

    I was at an autograph show once getting signatures from Montana and Namath. Namath stood next to me, asked me my name, asked me some questions, signed my thingy, took a picture, and shook my hand. Line was a mile long but Namath spent time with each fan giving then their money’s worth. Montana was like a machine. Signing things as fast as possible sitting at a table with his head down and little interacton with the fans.

  59. trimaster says: Sep 9, 2010 12:00 PM

    Joe could’ve came out and said Rudy NEVER even WENT to ND & I wouldn’t care at this point.
    GREAT MOVIE!

  60. Deb says: Sep 9, 2010 12:01 PM

    What is it with aging QBs? Tarkenton, Bradshaw, and now Montana? They’re all coming off as bitter and jealous of any attention going to someone not named Tarkenton, Bradshaw, and Montana.
    Better to remain quiet and leave your legacies intact, boys. I don’t hear Bart Starr and Roger Staubach mouthing off. Namath may have gotten a little slobbery around Suzy but at least he’s not dissing Sanchez in New York or bad-mouthing McElroy at Alabama.

  61. HtotheB says: Sep 9, 2010 12:02 PM

    wait, they play football at notre dame? had no clue

  62. FoF says: Sep 9, 2010 12:07 PM

    Joe was lucky to play for one of the greatest coaches of all time who put together one of the greatest roster of players of all time. The fact that another QB came in right after him and easily won two SBs proves that San Fran winning was not all about the QB.

  63. PackAttackBackMan says: Sep 9, 2010 12:09 PM

    Old news….i heard this yesterday… Get with the times PFT…you guys have been slacking since the merger…Whats next? Brett Favre is coming back??
    And P.S.
    Great Movie. But Montana is probably annoyed from answering questions about the little chit for the past 20 years…

  64. footballhistorian says: Sep 9, 2010 12:10 PM

    Look – Montana played for San Fagcrisco – he’s really upset because he didn’t get to carry Rudy off himself – although it would have been both legs on Montana’s shoulders with Rudy facing to the rear…

  65. luggrench says: Sep 9, 2010 12:14 PM

    After you punch Joe Montanna in the face, you get the overwhelming urge to thank him. Stay Thirsty Rudy !

  66. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 9, 2010 12:15 PM

    “The game in question took place 35 years ago, so it’s not surprising that different people remember the events differently. But suffice to say, Ruettiger has served as an inspiration for many, even if the Hollywood ending to Rudy was too good to be true.”
    I am sure that the experience was different for everyone involved. This is how Montana remembers it because it was how he experienced it. He probably should have kept hi smouth shut though as it makes him look like a very petty self-centered person…or at least he was back then.

  67. chipwade says: Sep 9, 2010 12:17 PM

    Jerk momentss from the late 80′s 49er Super Bowl guys:
    Joe Montana – this(although it’s not that bad)
    Jerry Rice – Having the nerve to ask Steve Largent to unretire his #80.
    Matt Millen – Destroying/Robbing the Detroit Lions
    Tom Rathman – Making Glen Coffee quit football.
    Bill Romanowski – Punching, spitting, roiding, etc…

  68. darknyyt74 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:17 PM

    Moe Lester says:
    September 9, 2010 11:00 AM
    Montana is the most overrated football player in the history of the game. Ruettiger himself could have been a Hall of Fame quarterback if he had Jerry Rice to throw to his whole career, let alone the rest of that stacked 49er offense. Screw that rude overrated jerk
    —————– ——————– ————-
    It’s fun to throw out inaccurate facts, isn’t it? Montana won 2 Super Bowls before Rice was drafted. He won 2 with Rice after.

  69. burntorangehorn says: Sep 9, 2010 12:17 PM

    Why is everyone jumping on Montana for this? Most of you are even saying that it doesn’t even matter if what he said is true or not. If it is true, then what’s wrong with speaking the truth? Rudy was a great movie, but the Notre Dame mystique is steeped in embellishment and exaggeration, and it’s great to see yet another part of it crumble.

  70. Dogsweat says: Sep 9, 2010 12:18 PM

    You mean “Rock” the Groundskeeper was a myth?

  71. Jack Burton says: Sep 9, 2010 12:21 PM

    Guess those Skechers can’t fix everything.

  72. marktg30 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:22 PM

    Montana needs to worry about his frat boy kid and his Skechers commercials.

  73. darknyyt74 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:23 PM

    FoF says:
    September 9, 2010 12:07 PM
    Joe was lucky to play for one of the greatest coaches of all time who put together one of the greatest roster of players of all time. The fact that another QB came in right after him and easily won two SBs proves that San Fran winning was not all about the QB.
    —————————————————-More uninformed comments.
    Young won 1 Super Bowl, not 2.

  74. Kerg01 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:30 PM

    Great.. thanks Joe for ruining that movie for me.
    What’s next? Someone going to tell me Forrest Gump didn’t play for Bama?

  75. Howie Handles says: Sep 9, 2010 12:30 PM

    Really? A story about the movie Rudy? Have I gone back in time?
    Of course its not 100% factual and accurate, its a freaking movie for crying out loud.

  76. Deb says: Sep 9, 2010 12:32 PM

    @FoF …
    Are you kidding???????
    Yes, Montana benefited from the West Coast offense and having great receivers. But you have to have QBs who can execute that game plan. It doesn’t just magically happen.
    The Steelers won four Super Bowls in six years with the same coach and more than 20 of the same starters in their fourth that played in their first. The 49ers of the 80s won their four Super Bowls over eight years with two different coaches. Their final Super Bowl team had only a handful of the same players that were on their first SB team. The only constant was Montana.
    Young didn’t jump in and win two more Super Bowls. Five years later he FINALLY won ONE Super Bowl and made a HUGE production out of getting the monkey off his back so he could be in Montana’s league … like that would ever happen. The Steelers are the ONLY team ever to win six Super Bowls.
    My votes would go to Slingin’ Sammy Baugh and Unitas, but Montana is definitely one of the four or five BEST QBs ever play the game and Steve Young couldn’t clean his cleats. No matter how pissy he’s being about “Rudy,” good grief, give the man his due.

  77. spartyfi says: Sep 9, 2010 12:32 PM

    Somethings never change. Joe Montana is still an egomaniacal douche bag. It’s always got to be about him….LOSER! I wish what happened to Theisman would have happened to Montana instead.

  78. slickshoes34 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:36 PM

    well…my day officially ruined…..

  79. bigfranky75 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:42 PM

    seriously? this is news? Montana is a collossal DOUCHE. all of these sports movies are half fake… who cares? Same with ‘Remember the Titans’…. half that $hit didnt happen and half those peopel didnt exist.
    BUT these movies arent made to chronicle events, they’re made for entertainment value.
    i’ve met Montana… dude is a loser. a low-life egocentric b!tch. he charges for pictures and autographs. seriously.
    this story just made me love drunk Bruce Smith all the more for ending this old mans career. love it.

  80. It puts the lotion on the skin says: Sep 9, 2010 12:43 PM

    # tk444 says: September 9, 2010 12:00 PM
    I was at an autograph show once getting signatures from Montana and Namath. Namath stood next to me, asked me my name, asked me some questions, signed my thingy, took a picture, and shook my hand. Line was a mile long but Namath spent time with each fan giving then their money’s worth. Montana was like a machine. Signing things as fast as possible sitting at a table with his head down and little interacton with the fans.
    __________________________________
    Why the F would you have your thingy unleashed for Joe “I could just kiss you” Namath to sign…..? LMFAO

  81. bunker says: Sep 9, 2010 12:43 PM

    something Bengals fans have known for years – Joe Montana is a dick.

  82. Hap says: Sep 9, 2010 12:44 PM

    It was a feel good movie but really, how much do you think is true? Of course the players that were there are gonna say it was true, they want to be known as part of ia great moent in time. That’s somethg the Notrre Dame football program hasnt seen since Lou Holtz. They deserve to die in their puke for what they did to Lou. That’s why the karma is getting them.

  83. Joe says: Sep 9, 2010 12:47 PM

    what an asshole….

  84. Vito says: Sep 9, 2010 12:54 PM

    The weird thing is that I remember reading a quote a while back from Montana saying that when Rudy made that play on the field the celebrating on the sideline was like they had won the national championship. It’s odd that now he’s downplaying it.
    Also, Montana was a freshman at the time I believe.

  85. edgy1957 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:54 PM

    # FoF says:
    Joe was lucky to play for one of the greatest coaches of all time who put together one of the greatest
    ********************
    This mythical QB would be? Joe Montana – 4 Super Bowl wins out of 5 for the entire franchise and besides, your obviously bad math skills of 5 – 4 = 2, you’ve overlooked the fact that it took 5 years AFTER Montana led them to their 4th Super Bowl win that Young led them to their 5th Super Bowl win. FYI, as a starter for those “great” teams, Young was 8-6 while Montana was 16-7 (14-5 with SF and 2-2 with KC) and he won his first two with far less impressive offensive talent.

  86. Raider Pride says: Sep 9, 2010 12:57 PM

    I know Rudy personally. I have worked with him many times on the speaking tour.
    The most amazing story of “Rudy” is not the movie. The most amzing story is what it took him to get the movie made.
    Did you know he never made any money from that movie. None.
    He is now a motivational speaker, and the author of some really good children’s books.

  87. Slow Joe says: Sep 9, 2010 12:59 PM

    According to TMZ, a staffer who was on the set for Montana’s “Shape ups” commercial said that Joe really didn’t throw the ball 80 yards, hitting a car and setting off its alarm.
    “It’s total Hollywood marketing plus special effects,” said the anonymous staffer. “He can barely throw it fifty yards anymore.”
    Fans of the commercial are disgusted with the staffer for having “ruined” the commercial for them.

  88. Bradenton Buc says: Sep 9, 2010 1:01 PM

    Montana is a jerk. Whatever he says can’t destroy the message of that movie.

  89. SteelerG says: Sep 9, 2010 1:02 PM

    It puts the lotion on the skin says:
    September 9, 2010 12:43 PM
    # tk444 says: September 9, 2010 12:00 PM
    I was at an autograph show once getting signatures from Montana and Namath. Namath stood next to me, asked me my name, asked me some questions, signed my thingy, took a picture, and shook my hand. Line was a mile long but Namath spent time with each fan giving then their money’s worth. Montana was like a machine. Signing things as fast as possible sitting at a table with his head down and little interacton with the fans.
    ___________________________________
    I have to say, I recently had exactly the opposite with Joe at a recent autograph signing. He was very cordial, conversational, and spent several minutes speaking with me. I came away very impressed with him – especially considering this was the same day he was flying to Canton for the HOP induction. Now Bo Jackson, on the other hand, was there solely for the money.

  90. FireJerryJones says: Sep 9, 2010 1:02 PM

    …say it ain’t so joe…

  91. Slow Joe says: Sep 9, 2010 1:04 PM

    Also: You idiots that are saying Montana is overrated must not know a damn thing about football. He is among the best QBs to EVER play the game. When he retired he had the highest career QB rating in league history, he won four Super Bowls, three Super Bowl MVP trophies, and in all four Super Bowl games, he never threw a single interception. The man had ice running through his veins.
    Seriously, don’t let your emotions about this silly story cause you to post something so incredibly stupid.

  92. CarlHess1 says: Sep 9, 2010 1:10 PM

    Joe Montana is starting to remind me of Michael Jordan. Its starting to get really pathetic

  93. joetoronto says: Sep 9, 2010 1:11 PM

    For all you guys hatin on Joe:
    This just in, there is no Santa Claus either.

  94. queenie says: Sep 9, 2010 1:14 PM

    burntorangehorn says:
    September 9, 2010 12:17 PM
    Why is everyone jumping on Montana for this? Most of you are even saying that it doesn’t even matter if what he said is true or not. If it is true, then what’s wrong with speaking the truth? Rudy was a great movie, but the Notre Dame mystique is steeped in embellishment and exaggeration, and it’s great to see yet another part of it crumble.
    __________
    80% of the d-bags on here do not care about the truth!

  95. florio4prez says: Sep 9, 2010 1:19 PM

    Truth be told, Rudy actually recovered a fumble on his sack of the Georgia Tech QB, scooped it up, and ran for a TD.
    In effect, the movie makers actually played down Rudy’s performance in the game.
    Some endings are just too good to be true.
    As (ND alum) Jerome Bettis, having won a SB in his home town in his last NFL game, said in the America’s Game show on SB XL,
    “They’d never make a movie like that. Who would believe it?”

  96. illmethinks says: Sep 9, 2010 1:23 PM

    Did they carry Montana off the field after his Chiefs stint?

  97. Duan says: Sep 9, 2010 1:28 PM

    Joe Montana has three super bowl rings
    has a gazillion dollars in the bank
    now he comes out to crap on someone who wasn’t blessed to have the kind of success he has received in his lifetime?
    Talk about low class and shoddy?
    I just lost a boat load of respect for Montana in regards to this.
    Well let’s call his son out that is now playing at Notre Dame wearing number 16

  98. jachter says: Sep 9, 2010 1:28 PM

    Well actually Mr. Actlikea2yrold that guy your talking about is my dad and for you information he wasnt a bench warmer. If you would take some time to look at his background history you would know that he was the state of Michigans prep player of the year and was recruited by every big school in the country. Out of college he was drafted to play in the pros so i dont know many “bench warmers” who do that. I grew up hearing stories about the Rudy story and most of the movie is true and it means alot to alot of people. Joe Montana isnt just a quarterback he is one of the greatest in Notre Dame history so when he talks people listen.

  99. imongo says: Sep 9, 2010 1:29 PM

    How about if Charlie Wiess would have won a national championship…and the team would have had to carry his fat ass off the field. No-one would forget that.

  100. Hovenaut says: Sep 9, 2010 1:30 PM

    Say it ain’t so Joe……….
    ND might want to suit Rudy up if he has any eligibility left, not sure who’s gonna stop Robinson Saturday.

  101. Irish76 says: Sep 9, 2010 1:33 PM

    I was there, and Dan was a classmate. The movie’s depiction of the game was startlingly accurate from my recollection. I know for a fact the senior section of the student body was chanting “Rudy, Rudy” – but I don’t remember if anyone else was. It took Dan 15 years or so to sell his story – and I’m glad he did, because it’s nothing if not inspirational… Go Irish!

  102. Terrell Blowens says: Sep 9, 2010 1:35 PM

    I liked the movie. Of course, there were a couple of factual exaggerations, but “The Blind Side” was the same way. Montana sounds like an ass for saying this

  103. In & Out Burger says: Sep 9, 2010 1:37 PM

    @Maltese Raider
    Yeah, I’m sure you have plenty of personal experience. I went to grade school and high school with some of Montana’s kids. I’ve met and talked to him several times, although rarely about football, and even been to his house. He is a very soft spoken, quiet, individual. He isn’t desperate for money, he didn’t seem bitter or resentful or anything. Maybe had I talked about football with him more I could have seen a different side, but from my own experience, he is a very nice guy.
    @FoF
    @Moe Lester
    I’m going to deal with you both at once since you are both so stupid. First, Moe, you clearly don’t know what you are talking about. If you actually knew your football history, you would know Joe won two Super Bowls before Rice was on the team. Second, FoF, Joe won four Super Bowls, Young won a single Super Bowl. Also, Joe won one of his Super Bowls without Bill Walsh on the team. The implication that Joe only won because of Rice, or Walsh, would make one think that any QB that has good WRs or a good coach isn’t nearly as good as they seem.
    @Deb
    I urge you to go listen to the interview. MDS is trying to make it seem like he is acting bitter. To me it just sounds like, (and Joe isn’t the first Notre Dame player I have heard say this) it was kind of like a “oh my god he actually did something” type of carry not a “this is the most inspiring story of all time” carry.
    But thank you for correcting those geniuses. Obviously I think Montana is the greatest of all time because of his ability to be clutch (most post season comebacks, highest winning percentage, best Super Bowl stats, tied for most Super Bowl wins). He was fortunate enough to get chances to make all those comeback wins, but he thrived in them. Having watched every post season game he has ever played (on extreme tape delay) I can’t imagine anyone I would want more on my team. Ben Roethlisberger, your teams QB (I’m assuming based on some of your other posts) actually reminds me a lot of Joe’s style of play in the post season. Obviously, Ben isn’t going for the pinpoint, west coast style, but he is going for that, ‘win no matter what when in counts’ style.

  104. Deb says: Sep 9, 2010 1:43 PM

    Stellaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!
    Sigh … football history is so underappreciated.
    @Duan …
    Montana is one of only two QBs to win FOUR Super Bowls. The other is Terry Bradshaw.

  105. coacheskid says: Sep 9, 2010 1:49 PM

    My father was an assistant coach at Notre Dame when Rudy was in school. I was in the stands sitting with my mother during the “Rudy” game and I remember the students chanting and asking her what they were saying. The chant eventually moved through the stands to where we were seated and we could then hear and understand what was being called out. It was “Rudy”.
    My father has also stated that parts of the movie were not accurate. The players laying the jerseys on the desk was one part which did not happen. But the underlying theme was true.

  106. melikefootball says: Sep 9, 2010 1:54 PM

    Sad comentary on life when a HOF dishes on what may be a lift for many that have not experienced all the victories of life as Montana. We all will remember RUDY RUDY RUDY! I will not look on Montana in the same light again.

  107. trippen says: Sep 9, 2010 2:31 PM

    what’s the big deal Florio, you do know it’s HOLLYWOOD right? Florio, we all know you’re not this much of an idiot – you are the one drumming up this “controversy” so that web site you sold out to NBC can get more clicks

  108. antneejay2 says: Sep 9, 2010 2:35 PM

    Notice that a-hole Montana didn’t have anything to say about the USC game? That’s because it was he who made the travel plans for the team to go to South Carolina. Rudy was the only one who had a clue. Remember how he went to L.A. and handed the Trojans’ asses to them all by himself? For you youngsters who weren’t born yet or were still on the pipe, it’s a hunnert percent true.
    Joe’s just jealous cuz he didn’t save the entire universe from eternal damnation (against 33 to 1 odds) like Rudy did.

  109. Kit says: Sep 9, 2010 2:43 PM

    All I know is, they played Rudy for the Wisconsin football team the night before the 1994 Rose Bowl and the Badgers then went out and beat UCLA at Camp Randall West in front of 75000 Badger fans. So hats off to Rudy, and heck, Joe Montana’s a good guy and a great QB too, so this is just sports talk stirring a tiny teapot tempest.

  110. Gelardia says: Sep 9, 2010 3:28 PM

    WOW, the movie is not 100% accurate? I’m stunned!

  111. National says: Sep 9, 2010 3:35 PM

    Damm Joe,
    I always liked you…
    Now put on a pair of your “Shape-Ups” and kick youself in the butt for ruining the movie….
    So was Forrest Gump ever a shrimp boat captain too? Or did LT Dan fake the wheelchair requirement ???
    Let it go Joe…..

  112. Pastabelly says: Sep 9, 2010 3:59 PM

    It is funny that people have a problem with an athlete who actually tells the truth. I would believe Joe even if he told me that Bonds and Clemens did steroids.

  113. 1NDFan says: Sep 9, 2010 4:09 PM

    Enough about ND football! When are they going to do a movie about USC Football and Pete Carroll and Reggie Bush (Push) and OJ Simpson, and Heisman Trophies returned and NCAA Sanctions and dont forget Matt Leinart? This is a real movie in the making. “Cut and print it baby”

  114. Mrsteve says: Sep 9, 2010 4:41 PM

    Joe Montana is really Barry Manilow
    Stay classy Barry

  115. bigfranky75 says: Sep 9, 2010 4:51 PM

    i love how everyone posting on here knows somebody that was on the staff or team… gimme a break. Rudy sux and so does Joe – the drug addict – Montana!

  116. BSofSF says: Sep 9, 2010 5:07 PM

    Oh, quit the belly aching about Montana. He was answering a question on the Dan Patrick show, for God’s sake. Patrick’s schtick is stirring up the faux controversy for fun. Blown out of context. For those angry Bengals fans, sorry Joe stuck it to you twice.

  117. emac17 says: Sep 9, 2010 5:16 PM

    DITTO In&Out Burger!!! Well said!!
    Rudy still a great inspirational movie.
    GO IRISH!

  118. thetruth says: Sep 9, 2010 7:51 PM

    I can tell you precisely why Joe made these remarks… because Rudy tells the story of how he talked Joe out of leaving ND during his freshman year. In doing so, Rudy is basically taking credit for Joe’s career. And I know this because I spent a summer in South Bend making a documentary about Rudy to help him sell his story. I told Rudy that we should use the story in the doc and he resisted – but I’m pretty sure that I wasn’t the only person to whom he’s told the story.

  119. edgy1957 says: Sep 9, 2010 9:44 PM

    # FoF says:
    Joe was lucky to play for one of the greatest coaches of all time who put together one of the greatest
    ********************
    This mythical QB would be? Joe Montana – 4 Super Bowl wins out of 5 for the entire franchise and besides, your obviously bad math skills of 5 – 4 = 2, you’ve overlooked the fact that it took 5 years AFTER Montana led them to their 4th Super Bowl win that Young led them to their 5th Super Bowl win. FYI, as a starter for those “great” teams, Young was 8-6 while Montana was 16-7 (14-5 with SF and 2-2 with KC) and he won his first two with far less impressive offensive talent.

  120. Mustard says: Sep 10, 2010 3:45 AM

    Daniel Ruettiger only saw the field because of incriminating evidence.
    True story.

  121. iwuzthere says: Sep 10, 2010 6:11 PM

    Here’s at least part of the real story:
    Yes, fans were chanting “RU-DEE, RU-DEE” at the end of that game. Joe was a freshman on the bench and probably didn’t give a damn about what the crowd was doing during those last moments of the game.
    Joe lived off-campus so he didn’t know much about what was going on with other students so he wouldn’t have known that everyone (at least on the South Quad) knew Rudy. He was unmistakable because he was this little fire hydrant of a guy who was always smiling and always in his letter jacket. The other football players were the size of houses (remember this was pre-roid testing days . . .) so Rudy did stand out.
    Also, Joe was NOT the star QB. He probably also doesn’t recall that Devine was loathe to start him. ND would be losing games and the crowd would start shouting “Let’s go Joe”. Joe would come in and win the game.
    So, yes, the whole spirit of the film was in fact true. It also wasn’t all that unusual for ND where quite a few walk-ons played in big games. The students always knew who the “non-athletes” were and cheered them on.
    You were just in a different world then, Joe.

  122. Hawker1 says: Sep 11, 2010 5:09 PM

    @JHig713
    Montana may (or may not be) an azzhole. He lacks a lot of class to have made that remark. But he is most definitely not an overrated football player. I saw the 1979 Cotton Bowl, which could better be described as the Ice Bowl, and he put on what I believe is the greatest one man show in the history of college football. This after suffering a severe case of hypothermia. ND’s Montana led comeback against the University of Houston was unbelievable. Nopr, not overrated.

  123. pga5 says: Sep 12, 2010 9:48 AM

    Odd. Montana said something different back in the early 90′s:
    http://espn.go.com/page2/s/merron/021202.html
    Hardly anyone cares about Montana anymore. He’s basically out of sports, so he needs to draw attention to himself for more $$$.

  124. shawnc16 says: Sep 12, 2010 11:20 AM

    This is a money making opportunity. I would love to have a special Joe Montana Commentary DVD of the movie Rudy. I would also like to see a Joe Montana written version of the movie.
    Joe Montana is still awesome, greatest QB ever.

  125. JP Ryan says: Sep 13, 2010 9:25 AM

    They interviewed the guy who wrote Rudy…
    Of course it wasn’t 100% accurate. Yes the jersey on the desk scene didn’t happen. But many of the seniors on the team did go to the Defensive coordinator and ask that Rudy start in their place. The spirit of the event was true.
    Apparently the Hollywood execs wanted him to spice up the movie by making Rudy recover a fumble for a touchdown… he said he had a hard time not laughing at them.
    98% true in a movie based on a true story is pretty damn good and Joe should STFU. The only motivation that I can see for coming out now and trying to do this is to try to get some publicity for himself. -50 cool points for Joe Cool.

  126. RUSS says: Sep 18, 2010 1:48 AM

    @ Deb:
    You say, “Young . . . FINALLY won ONE Super Bowl and made a HUGE production out of getting the monkey off his back so he could be in Montana’s league … like that would ever happen . . . Steve Young couldn’t clean his cleats”
    Geez, what got you all worked up? Joe Montana is one of the greatest. The ultimate clutch player. But Steve Young is certainly in his “league” . .. most rushing touchdowns by any QB ever, highest career passing rating of any QB ever, etc. Heck, Young holds more individual records than Montana; his name is littered throughout the NFL record book.
    SF was blessed to have those two QBs on the roster at the same time!

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