Ever since he was a little boy, Rudy Ruettiger has dreamed of attending the University of Notre Dame, and playing on the Fighting Irish football team. However, Rudy’s dream doesn’t seem very practical; Daniel, his father, works in a steel mill and can ill afford to send his son to Notre Dame, while Rudy’s grades are not especially impressive, and standing at “five-feet-nothing, a-hundred-and-nothing,” Rudy is hardly built for the gridiron.  However, with the help of Father Cavanaugh, a sympathetic priest, Rudy is admitted to nearby Holy Cross, and in his junior year manages to squeak into Notre Dame as a transfer student.


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