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Joe Montana Tears Holes in 'Rudy'

9/8/2010 11:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe Montana has some issues with the way his former college team was portrayed in "Rudy" -- because the former Notre Dame superstar just insinuated Rudy Ruettiger was more of a joke than an inspiration.

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Montana -- who played on the 1975 Fighting Irish squad with Ruettiger -- appeared on DirecTV's Dan Patrick Show this morning and said of the flick, "It's a movie remember ... not all that's true."

After a dismissive sigh, Montana undermined some of the main storylines in the movie saying, "The crowd wasn’t chanting … nobody threw in their jerseys."

Montana acknowledged that the real Rudy did play in the final home game ... and did get a sack -- but stated that when the players carried Rudy off the field, they were "kinda playin' around ... I won't say as a joke, but playing around."

Joe finished, "He worked his butt off to get where he was ... but not any harder than anybody else."

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Chia    

Epic prick!

1416 days ago
137.

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1416 days ago
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dave    

damn joe you didnt need to say all that. those shoes you sell look like retard shoes and now you bash rudy come on man the guy had his moment and now you pis s on this guys memory like an old toilet you should be better than that. you used to have some class now its gone rudys the man and your from what Ive heard is a major well known homo queen down in south bend. please dont forget this.

1416 days ago
139.

cherie    

Why are people saying Joe is jealous? Please. This guy has won Super Bowls, MVP's, and is widely considered the greatest QB ever. He has nothing to be jealous of.

And what Joe is saying is old news. I've plenty of stories pointing out how scenes in the movie were embellished, or even outright created. What Joe is saying is true. And it was Dan Patrick who brought the Rudy stuff up. Montana simply answered truthfully. Do you want him to lie? He wasn't slamming Rudy, just pointing out the facts. Simple as that.

1416 days ago
140.

Tony    

Typical old fart has been. What a douche bag

1416 days ago
141.

Liz    

Joe, you are a jackass. I thought you were great, now i see you as a washed up has been. Why make comments like this about a person and movie that we also loved. Go FO......you suck.

1416 days ago
142.

Hayley Reed-Sherry    

EAT DIRT JOE ! my bro, chris is in that movie.....EPIC POP CULTURE.....i still cherish the rudy jackey from the set !

1416 days ago
143.

JJ    

I was unfortunate to meet that ass Montana. What a jerk. He was so uncool to all his ex fans. Did not want to autograph anything because he was not getting paid to do it

1416 days ago
144.

charley hardman    

had the advantage of seeing 'Rudy' for the first time while not a child. the story was an overblown farce about a monomaniacal jock-sniffer living 5 grades below bench warmer. in other words, pretty much what montana just said, obvious to anyone not played like a cheap violin by hack films. almost couldn't believe people find the movie "inspirational", except perhaps as SNL sketch fodder.

1416 days ago
145.

Googie    

Joe, you feel better now? You couldn't keep your mouth shut, you had to show your true colors. The only opinion changed was our opinion of you.

1416 days ago
146.

CASS    

Shove it up your ass Joe...what you jealous because no movie was made about YOU. Rudy DID work his butt off to play on that team. He LOVED ND then and still does I am sure. Yes, it was a movie and some of it was pure movie conjecture. But from every interview I have read from your other teammates they tell the story very much the way the movie went. I USE to respect you now you can kiss MY fat white IRISH ass!

1416 days ago
147.

meado    

dont even remember seeing or hearing joes name guess that why he hating on rudy ,,,ur a sap joe do u remember bruce and lights going out in buffalo ,,i do ,,more than u in that movie ,,,,, rudy,,,rudy,,,rudy,,,,,

1416 days ago
148.

ERock    

Boo Joe Montana!
Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

1415 days ago
149.

timid    

Egos. After all this time, his success in the limelight, Montana can't be gracious and kind to a former fellow college teammate? Why not just say, "Yes, Rudy is a good guy, the movie was great. That's kinda the spirit of Notre Dame and I'm grateful I had the opportunity to play there." But noooooo, his ego got in the way. Well, now we know about ol' Joe and the cut of his coat.

1415 days ago
150.

EJS    

Joe Montana seems to have gone a little off the rails where Notre Dame is concerned. Within the last year or so, Joe basically said Notre Dame can no longer hack it as a big-time college football program with players who actually get an education and graduate. He indicated that ND should, therefore, basically give up on it and de-emphasize football. I don't know, maybe he wasn't entirely happy at ND, since Dan Devine kept him playing as a sub for quite a while. On the other hand, Joe's son, Nate, goes to ND, so Joe couldn't have too much of a grudge. Maybe his memory is just faulty.

1415 days ago
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