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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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76.

PB    

Ha Ha Rudy was a FAT Fraud

1483 days ago
77.

Prancy    

That movie portrayed a guy who was not talented as a football player and despite his hard work, just not a gifted player. I think it would have made more sense for he guy to have focused on other talents.

1483 days ago
78.

Superman    

Geez, Joe. How can you be bitter at that guy?!? You sound like a spoiled, rich brat dismissive of all the working-class commoners. Joe, you had over a decade in the spotlight...you can't let some guy have 10 minutes? Telling the truth is one thing, but dismissing the guy as nobody and beneath you is another.

1483 days ago
79.

Stef    

Congrats Joe Montana.. You just got put in the DOUCHE WAFFLE hall of fame... where are you going now?

Joe Montana--I'm going to the D-list

1483 days ago
80.

Chinanski    

Why are people upset with Montana? I heard the show and he merely stated that some of the dramatic moments in the movie did not happen. He hardly sounded bitter. He sounded like someone who was there and wanted the audience to know the reality vs the Hollywood version. That makes him bitter? I hardly think he has anything to be bitter about. The problem is that everyone who has seen that movie will think that's what happened when it didn't. There's a difference between feel good story and hype and exaggeration.

1483 days ago
81.

Kerry    

Wow Joe You Suck! I know Rudy's younger brother. He was a teacher at my school. He was a great guy and Im sure Rudy was as well, coming from the same family. The movie Rudy is about never giving up and always giving your extra effort.
If you didnt know that movies are not always true then maybe you can go fly on a magic dragon like in The Neverending story...you idiot.

1483 days ago
82.

ChataFUp    

The GREATEST QUATERBACK OF ALL-TIME -- Joe Montana -- can say whatever the heck he wants, especially, about a former teammate you morons! "Say it like you see it so, Joe!" Dan Patrick asked him a question and Joe answered it. Period. All you young "snot-nose" "whipper-snappers" bow-down to Joe Montana and all his legendary greatness. Hell, I'm not even a Niners fan, but a damn Rams fan saying this! Every football fan that knows KNOWS Joe is the greatest ever! Peace.

1483 days ago
83.

Stef    

Congrats Joe Montana.. You just got put in the DOUCHE WAFFLE hall of fame... where are you going now?

Joe Montana--I'm going to the D-list

1483 days ago
84.

TGCW    

Joe you have more class then this! Rudy gives people hope! Without hope what is there to live for? In the mean time spend some more time with your son and keep him out of trouble! Its starting to tarnish your name and clearly you don't want that to affect your ego! TGCW

1483 days ago
85.

ND blah blah blah    

First Broadway Joe chases tail drunk on sidelines and now this who cares moment from Montana... what's with these guys?! Spotlight musta been a lifeline for them.

1483 days ago
86.

Throwback kid    

Not surprised! Vince Papale played two years with the Philadelphia Bell of the WFL in 1974 and 1975.

He played WR, TE in 75 and on special teams. Yet in the Hollywood version they made it look like he walked off the street and made the Eagles? Kind of funny how Hollywood wiped out all of Vince's football experience while telling this TRUE STORY?

1483 days ago
87.

Mike    

I agree with Joe, I'm sick of Hollywood making movies that are fake. Stick to the facts. It would have been still a great movie with out all the lies.

1483 days ago
88.

tifosi44    

Oh brother.... That sure took the "shine" off of Joe Montana for me. Really too bad. Wonder why he had to make those statements after all this time? Jealousy maybe? Out of the bright lights too long?? Sad anyway you think about this...

1483 days ago
89.

Buckaroobonzai    

wow... what a jerk! That served no point other than to bash somebody.

1483 days ago
90.

john    

What an a$****. Joe you had your fame and fortune, why must you **** on Rudy? Jealous that you can't have ALL the attention?

1483 days ago
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