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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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Anna    

Do you feel better now getting that off your chest? Do you sleep better at night having shed light on this major story line? WOW! Rudy wasnt true? No kidding! You are kind of a jerk Joe. Sad really. I loved you when I was a kid. Now you are just a sad little man. He didnt work harder than you, huh? Well..he was smaller and had no athletic ability...I would say he did. But if you feel better about yourself after giving that interview, that is what is important, right?

1146 days ago
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donoker    

it's a movie. they are going to embellish. Americans want to believe in stupid crap to inspire them instead of them inspiring themselves. did you all get this mad when you found out Santa isn't real?

991 days ago
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Rosa Flynn    

No one really cares what you think, Joey. In these hard times, Mr. Ruettiger's accomplishments are the types of hopes and strengths we care to recall. Not a story about some ring you won.

973 days ago
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jason ridolfi    

Sorry, Joe. I didnt see you in the movie. I'm sure that hade nothing to do with your jealou... sorry your facts about the time.

784 days ago
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Jimmy John    

Joe always was a blowhard jerk!

635 days ago
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Andrew    

People you have to realize he was asked this question on the Dan Patrick radio show. He didn't come out bashing Rudy. He simply told THE TRUTH when asked a question. Joe Montana is one of the greatest and most beloved football players of all time, and that includes in Notre Dame lore. Rudy is a movie people, NOT real life.

607 days ago
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