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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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76.

Daniel     

Montana was telling it the way he saw it, nothing more and nothing less. All you tear jerkers should just go jerk off. Rudy? Who cares. They made a movie about him and his desire to play football---- SO WHAT

1451 days ago
77.

Chuck    

THAT IS ASHAMED OF JOE THAT HE IS SOOOOOOOO WRONG ABOUT RUDY WOW!! WAKE UP DUDE !! MAYBE HE IS JEALOUS OR SOMETHING

1451 days ago
78.

UrbanFanGa    

Say it aint so Joe???? Seems your money cant buy you class!

1451 days ago
79.

Q    

How fitting was it just today, Saturday that Joes son got into a Norte DAme game as QB when the number One guy went down and number two was doing badly. Sorry Joe, your son did horrible too---threw right to the other team, threw out of bounds when they had a chance for a TD---horrible performance JOe...didnt you teach your son any basics about being a QB? Or were you too busy being the egotistical, narcissistic preak you were and still are, during the boys growing years.

dont ever buy a product, book, or lifestyle this preak is promoting. You just developed about a million new Hata's out here Joe...nice move dude. Next time let the little people have their dreams---typical spoiled jockboy since youth, never worked for a thing and wants to bust everyone else who has had to. God wasted his Talent on you.

1451 days ago
80.

mishguy    

Joe has stated many times that most of it was made up for the movie..this is nothing new. they inverviewed many of the nd players that agreed also. Read the sporting news article years ago. Rudy was a joke..he was my maintenace man at the condo's I lived in when the movie broke..he did nothing with his life up until they made that movie.

1451 days ago
81.

john     

Montana has always been about Montana. Haven't heard from the guy for years. He should go back into his cave - thats where fossils belong.

1451 days ago
82.

jay    

Montana says Rudy didn't work any harder than the other guys. How the hell does Montana know how hard he worked when Montana was a freshman when Rudy was a senior. He couldn't possibly know how hard Rudy worked. I've lost all respect for Montana, he's nothing but a bitter old prick.

1451 days ago
83.

zap    

Montana is the only pro quarterback in history to not have a penis

1451 days ago
84.

D    

To #3 post pink floyd...Montana said he sacked the quarterback, dumba$$. I think you should learn to read an article before you demonstrate how inadequate you are at simple comprehension.

1451 days ago
85.

big john    

Joe Montana to old to play ball anymore must miss the spotlight and the only way he can get any attention is tear somebody else down kinda sad such a great qb has to stoop this low

1451 days ago
86.

Ric Lombardi    

Joe is wrong. Joe just say it ain't so. But lets face it, every movie is fiction. That is how everything makes a better story.

Look at the movie "The Elmira Express". The remaining players from that Syracuse squad (1959 National Champs) wanted to walk out of the first showing because they felt that the movie degraded Ernie Davis. The QB (personal friend) thought that showing Ernie as a defiant black was the worst part of the movie. In fact Ernie was far from that. I teach at Ernie Davis Middle School and even today at my age I get goosebumps looking at all his awards as a player and a person. The Heisman Trophy was in the building a couple of years back and that was awesome. Today, the kids at that school do not have any idea what it takes to be a great person and player. They won't work for it. It really is too bad.

Rudy was great and it is for the underdogs of the world.

Lets get real, the real heroes are people that are awarded The Congressional Medal of Honor.

1449 days ago
87.

Wordvarc    

And what does Joe want to say about "The Gipper?"

A sad slip of the tongue...Bad form from an aging star.
But Montana should be forgiven...and ignored.

"Rudy" will outlast Montana as a Notre
dame legend.

1403 days ago
88.

Axelinger    

Joe Montana has 4 Super Bowl rings and he earned every one of them on his way to the Hall of Fame. This Rudy character has one sack and a career in motivational speaking. I can't believe how many fools actually try to diminish Montana's accomplishment by comparing anything Ruettiger has done simply because a gimmicky Hollywood movie clouds their judgment. Arguably the greatest quarterback in football history versus a guy possessing 1/1,000,000th of Montana's ability. Come on, people - enough of preaching Hollywood b.s. as gospel truth.

1304 days ago
89.

kris benson    

Joe Montana. Great quarterback. Not so great human being.
Lighten up Joe. The world does not revolve around you.

1184 days ago
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