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Rudy Ruettiger's Teammate: Joe Montana Is WRONG!!

9/9/2010 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe Montana is wrong about "Rudy" -- according to a member of the 1975 Notre Dame football team ... who claims the guys weren't "playing around" when they famously hoisted Daniel Ruettiger onto their shoulders.

Rudy Ruettiger

TMZ spoke to #79 Jay Achterhoff -- who literally participated in Rudy's legendary quarterback sack ... and dude insists the events in the movie are "98% true."

Achterhoff tells us, "Rudy was carried off the field that day ... but not as a joke -- but because he finally got to play."  He added. "You've never in your life seen a guy who wanted to be on the field more."

Achterhoff -- now a regional manager for a trucking company -- also says he's "disappointed that [Montana] wasn't more supportive of Rudy" during the shocking interview with Dan Patrick yesterday.

So how does Rudy feel about Montana's comments? His rep told us, "The movie is based on his story. Other than that ... no comment."

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61.

El Grande    

Everyone knows the movie is only based upon a true story. The movie was a vehicle to deliver a feel good message.

Knowing that, what is the motivation for Joe to state the obvious and maybe even attempt to destroy the feel good message by saying Rudy was hoisted onto the shoulders of his team mates as a joke.

Answer that and you will see not only into Joe's motivation but also his character.

1482 days ago
62.

El Grande    

If Joe does not appear anywhere unless he receives the cash, then I wonder how much Dan had to pay Joe to make his (talentless Dan) sycophants slobber like Pavlov's pet.

1482 days ago
63.

Kevin    

Montana is just pissed that this lowly Rudy fellow has made a decent career as a motivational speaker and he can barely formulate anything other than Blue 23 Hut, Hut. I mean really who cares? A "Based on a True Story" movie with some questionalble realities, really? Of course everything isn't perfectly factual. Montana was a great QB and a top notched ass, funny thing is that Steve Young came in and not only took the helm but literally REPLACED him. Not many back-up QB's completely make their obsolete.

1482 days ago
64.

Daman    

Joe is pissed the movie was not titled "Joe". Joe only cares about Joe, nobody else. Rudy is a motivational speaker..Joe got fired as a sports anchor because he can't even speak worth a crap! Get over it Joe, you are history old man.

1482 days ago
65.

Col Kirby    

Joe Montana , he's piss cause there an't no movie about him!
what are gonna call it Joe Cool, Golden Joe and Comeback Joe.

1482 days ago
66.

JIM DOUGHERTY    

RUDY IS A WEASEL- DAN DEVINE NEVER PUT THIS MIDGET DOWN AND USING DAN DEVINE AS THE ''BAD GUY'' -THE TEAM TURNED THEIR JERSEYS IN TO FORCE DAN TO PLAY THE CONNIVING MIDGET WAS P[URE 1005 BULL****
DAN TRIED TO GET RUDY TO WITHDRAW THIS LIE BEFORE DAN DEATH AS HE HAD SERIOUS MEDICAL PROBLEMS LEADING UP TO HIS DEATH IN MAY 2002
RUDY COULD AND SHOULD HAVE MADE A GREAT MOVIE ABOUT AMERICAS BEST UNIVERSITY ITS MEN PLAYERS AND HIMSELF WITHOUT LYING ABOUT DAN DEVINE
NOTRE DAME'S GREAT QB JOE MONTAN WAS CORRECT IN SETTING THE FILM RIGHT AND THROWING A LITTLE AND WELL DESERVED PISS ON RUDY LONG TIME COMING

1482 days ago
67.

gregg    

Joe is just a tad disturbed by the fact his son is a lowly third string drunk quarterback

1482 days ago
68.

mr. m    

I don't personally know either Rudy or Joe Montana, so I will not pass judgement on either gentleman's character.

Rudy should be grateful. If Montana had not made his controversial coments, no one would have thought twice about Rudy after hearing the radio interview.

Rudy was handed another "15 minutes" thanks to all this nonsense. People will watch the movie again. The Rudy foundation will receive attention and support. even for Joe, bad publicity seems to be better than no publicity at all.

But Joe should keep in mind that he has a lot of temmates and coaches to thank for those Superbowl rings and MVP awards - there are many tremendous athletes in team sports who never won championships and awards.

1482 days ago
69.

gregg    

"Oh, the guys just went crazy on the sideline," said Joe Montana on Charles Kuralt's "Sunday Morning" show in December 1992. "I mean, it was like we had won the national championship almost. I mean, that's how -- how excited everybody was for him"

The Question now is was Montana lying then or now? What is it Mr.Old Man Washed up QB ????????

1482 days ago
70.

Based on a true story    

I always liked Joe Montana. He never played for my favorite team but I always respected him and thought he was a class act all the way.

Now my opnion of him has completely changed! He couldn't have answered by saying something like; "Rudy was a very insipirational movie and a great story."

Enough said? No; he had to go out of his way to disparage someone who doesn't deserve it.

Well ... I guess the fact his kid is currently at Notre Dame and buried so deep in the depth chart there is no climbing out. Combine that with the fact he has reduced himself to peddling some sneaker no one has ever heard of...

I guess going from mega star to aging retired ex-jock is a frustrating and difficult transition. Take attention when the opportunity arises I suppose.

1481 days ago
71.

Joe Blows    

Joe is just pissed because his time to shine is over....Rudy Rocks!! He's a hero to all the little guys out there.... Hey Joe your KID SUCKS

1481 days ago
72.

jay hughes    

What do you expect from a guy who lies about that stupid sketcher shoe that has been proven to be a total lie to customers by performance experts.Hes always been negative.I watched elway outplay him when he was with the chiefs.He was a great qb but a goof ball.

1481 days ago
73.

JIM DOUGHERTY    

JOE MONTANA IS A LIVING LEGEND OF THE TRUE MEANING OF NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL-I WATCHED EVERY GAME ON THE SIDELINE WITH MY FRIEND HEAD COACH DAN DEVINE - COMING INTHE PURDUE GAME AFTER GARY FORSTYK SUFFERED A BROKEN JAW JOE TOOK NOTRE DAME TO GLORY AND A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH CAROLINA -AIR FORCE GAME - USC ''GOING GREEN'' TEXAS WERE JOE AND WILLIE FRY ROSS AND JIMMY BROWNER STEVE HEIMKRITTER JEFF WESTON- THE HOUSTON GAME ON THE LAST PLAY IN -30 DEGREE WEATHER ON THE LAST SECOND JOE HIT KRIS HAYNES - BUT MY FVORITE WAS JOE AND DAN AGAINSTCLEMSON-EVERY TIME WE WENT AHEAD THE CROOKED LINEMAN CALLED A PENALTY 3 TIMES BROKE UP A VEGAS FERGUSON RUN CALLED BACK CROWD THROWING WHISKY PINT BOTTLES HITTING MONSIGNOR GOMES IN THE HEAD- DAN PICKED UP THE LAST FLAG ,CALLED THE REF OVER ''YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL A THIEF'' REF TACKED UP 15 MORE- JOE MONTANA TOOK THE NEXT PALY AND HIT KEN MCAFEE ON A 45 YRD PASS WENT ON TO SCORE-
AS THE GAME ENDED ND BEAT THEIR ASS- THE SAME REF WALKED OVER TO JOE WHO REFUSED TO SHAKE HANDS WITH HIM
''WHAT DID COACH DEVINE SAY TO YOU ON THAT PASS PLAY YOU CALLED ''
JOE MONTANA '' COACH DEVINE SAID PUT A OPERFECT PASS UP THAT REDNECK BASTARDS ASS DO IT'' JOE DID THAT
WHEN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM PALYED TEXAS IN THE COTTON BOWL THAT DAN DEVINE COACHED TEAM KICKED EARL CAMPBELL AND TEXASINSIDE OUT -NOTRE DAME WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WITH JOE MONTANA AT QB AND EVERYONE KNELLED WHEN YOU HEARD
''NOTRE DAME ''
RUDY MADE NOTHING BUT MONEY ON ''RUDY'' HOW MUCH DID OR HAS RUDY GIVEN BACK IN MONEY TO NOTRE DAME -PUBLISH THE ROYALITIES PAID TO THAT PISS ANT AND HOW MUCH RUDY HAS DONATED TO NOTRE DAME -DAN DEVINE DID NOTHING BUT GIVE THIS JERK OFF A PASS ON ONEGAME-MISTAKE'' A DOGS BALLS ARE CUT ONLY ONCE'' MEANING BE VERY CAREFUL WHO YOU CALL A FRIEND OR hero! GO NOTRE DAME GO JOE MONTANA

1481 days ago
74.

E. Solis    

#8 said it best. Montana only diminished himself! Some people, whatever their field of endeavor, are just insatiable. Whatever their triumphs, it's never enough! Montana, don't you think it's time to grow up and let go of the petty moments when your name wasn't mentioned? Are you that unevolved? Or is it that you weren't that important to Notre Dame that season, and you had to steel his only moment from the little guy?

1481 days ago
75.

wayne    

Lighten up. Go and research Rudy's own comments and what is fact and what is fiction through media interviews. Check out sportshollywood.com The jersey thing was revealed to be untrue by Rudy himself in 2007 S.H. interview. Rudy knew he was going to play from the Thursday play list Devine posted. Devine had already decided that Rudy was going to play. As for the fans chanting his name. Yes they did. But, it was after he sacked the Georgia Tech QB. So stop demonizing Montana. Joe Cool even watched the movie RUDY at the White House, along with President Clinton AND Rudy HIMSELF.

1481 days ago
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