Rudy Ruettiger, whose life story was made into the movie “Rudy”, got baptized.


Rudy, the former University of Notre Dame football walk-on whose story became a feature film, is now a Mormon. He was baptized on January 21, 2017.

The following story was written by Deseret News reporter Trent Toone and was published on January 23, 2017:

Daniel E. “Rudy” Ruettiger was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, Jan. 21, by Highland resident Randy “Rudy” Garn, as acknowledged Monday by James Clarke, a friend of Ruettiger who was also present at the service.

“It’s a fantastic story of friendship. He was loved into the church,” said Clarke, one of the speakers at the service. “I was honored to witness such a remarkable conversion process and series of events to get Rudy there.”

Ruettiger, now 68, lives in Las Vegas. He became famous when his early life and experience as a walk-on football player at Notre Dame was made into a movie, “Rudy,” in 1993. Since then he has made a career as a motivational speaker.

Ruettiger’s interest in the LDS Church was fostered by Garn’s friendship and an invitation in 2013 to attend a late November game between Brigham Young University and Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Clarke, Garn and a group of friends flew to the game and watched the action from the BYU sideline.

During the game, Ruettiger interacted with some of BYU’s players and felt a connection. On the flight home, he began to ask questions about the LDS Church, Clarke said.

News and photos of Ruettiger’s baptism were shared on social media networks over the weekend, and many people thought it was a joke, Clarke said.

“Many people have wondered if this is another ‘Steve Martin Mormon myth’ story, but it’s true, Rudy was baptized,” Clarke said.

Rudy Ruettiger

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