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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.


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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Now that I have read other posts on this thread.. Joe, you're a tool. How can you be so down on ND but then your kid goes to school there AND plays on the football team! Seriously dude, get your ego in check!

1473 days ago


Good for joe montana. He told the truth. F rudy. I never watched that stupid movie. Montana is the greatest qb ever.
Rudy is nothing. Hollywood made him up. Nice for joe cool to tell the real story. plus dan patrick asked him the question. its not like joe started talking about rudy.
you montana haters are a joke.

1473 days ago


Joe is right. Rudy isn't a player, he's a joke.

1473 days ago


Wow. I got indigestion even seeing that there were retorts to Joe Montana on here. He was asked a question and he answered it. He didn't hold a press conference in front of Universal Studios with a copy of a screenplay he wrote in his hand called "The Unbelievable Joe Montana: God of Truth and Football," crying about Sean Astin's legendary acting career or how Rudy's fabricated heroism derailed his shot at being a pro. He wasn't being malicious, connecting dots, or trying to plug anything. You people are beyond pathetic. Waaaah, he ruined a cornball movie. Find something better to do with your time. No one ever directs their inexplicable vitriol at the true source of this non-news: The bored, fake media (like TMZ) who can't run stories on **** that matters. Joe Montana is one of the top 5 quarterbacks in NFL history and doesn't really chase the post-football spotlight like a commentator or an analyst or whatever these hacks that used to play and then don a suit for endless, droning football prediction shows call themselves. What was he supposed to do? Perpetuate the myth? Talk about how Rudy helped him prepare for his first super bowl run? Refuse to answer the question? He did what any normal, logical person who's being interviewed would do. He truthfully answered the question. He didn't pile it on, make anything up, or tug at people's heart strings unnecessarily in hopes of making a buck. That's what the slimy producers of that craptastic movie did. It's not even in my top ten football movies. The Program, Remember the Titans, **** even the Burt Reynolds version of the Longest Yard trump that. If you get mad about people calling bull**** on stuff that's obviously bull****, you need to spend less time on the Internet.

1473 days ago


Damn! I USED to love Joe Montana. He sounds like a bitter man who can't accept that he wasn't the focus at this game. Joe, jealousy is a useless emotion! Btw... your sone Nate isn't the QB you were, doubt he ever will be. I love the Irish, but Nate doesn't have half the talent that you did. Goooooo Irish!

1473 days ago


I was on the Team with Rudy, what Joe says is true Rudy was regarded as a Joke on the team. And for the guys that played on that team is still considered a joke.

1473 days ago


So what you're saying, Joe, is that you and your teammates weren't as cool as the movie depicted, but were instead typical douchbag jocks. Is that it?

1473 days ago


I WAS at that game and yes, the students DID chant RUDY. There are things that are incorrect, like him sleeping in the stadium. Rudy actually lived across the hall from my cousin while in a program that ND had for students who were not able to be admitted into ND. He lived on campus and attended classes at Holly Cross Junior College which actually touches the back end of the ND campus.

1473 days ago


When you watch the original game WITH audio you CAN hear the faint chant of Rudy, Rudy, Rudy. Sure the movie is embellished some, but great story.

1473 days ago


now that joey is talking about the past, lets here how this hero treated his wives?? NOT A CHANCE

1473 days ago


Joe needs to shut the hell up. Why not let a man live his glory and enjoy it? Sorry, but they don't make movies out of everyday joe schmo's. Rudy was obviously someone who made an impact on a lot of people. Why can't Joe shut up and live in his own glory and leave Rudy out of it?
Montana is a washed up has been who is pissed becuase no one ever made a movie out of his stupid self. Serves him right- hope the jealousy eats him alive.

1473 days ago


Football is the stupidest sport. A bunch of closet homos trying to act butch.

1473 days ago

Paul G    

At first I wanted to join the people who think Joe was being uncharitable and a bit of a jerk, but then it occurred to me that there is value in hearing the simple truth. Then I am sure there were even people on the Notre Dame team who remembered it differently from Joe and who think Rudy deserved the acclaim that came his way. It is all a matter of perspective and that what makes certain events great dramatic stories.

1473 days ago

Jim Zimmerman    

Funny Joe being jealous of someone else getting some attention as Montana is the most overrated player in the history of the game. A marginal passer in the Len Dawson mold who didn't make mistakes; gets all the credit from legendary 49er teams that were basically all-star teams that the DeBartolo's created by scamming the so-called salary cap via deferred payments.

1473 days ago

Jim Zimmerman    

Joe doth protest too much; he was as much of a beneficiary of the ND hype machine as anyone, a true blow hard in the Joe Thiesmann rhymes with Heisman mold! Enough to bring back memories of Leisure Suit Lindsay Nelson and the ND Football shows on WPIX channel 11: ND loses 43-7 to Ohio State and all you saw were endless loops of the lone Irish TD: "moving on to further action with the Irish on the move!" ... lol

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