One of my favorite football movies, Rudy, is based on the true story of a young man who dreamed since childhood of playing football for the University of Notre Dame.

Hampered by his small size and an undiagnosed learning disability, he ended up working in a steel mill after high school. However, after the death of the only friend who encouraged him, he decided it was time to pursue his dream. Packing his bag, he headed to Notre Dame.

Once in town, he enrolled in a junior college and bartered for tutoring help to get the grades necessary to transfer into his dream school. For two years, he lived, worked, and studied in the shadow of his dream. Never knowing if he’d ever get into Notre Dame.

Finally gaining admission into the University, he still had to get onto the football team. During walk-on tryouts, he sacrificed his body and demonstrated his work ethic and burning desire.

That heart captured a spot on the scout team with the reward of being pummeled at every practice.

Did he give up the dream? No. He continued to invest everything he had. Until the final home game of his senior year. Pull out the Kleenex, because Rudy got to suit up, eventually got into the game for a couple plays and was carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates.

I love this movie because of the tenacity Rudy shows in the face of adversity. He never gave up.

(Caution: there is a bit of rough language in spots in case you wanted to watch it with the family.)

What about you? What is your dream? What steps are you taking to pursue it? Do you have friends encouraging you to keep going?

Friday Focus – Rudy
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2 thoughts on “Friday Focus – Rudy

  • January 29, 2010 at 6:20 am

    >I LOVE Rudy!! I've watched it a gazillion times and I cry everytime! So inspiring, and like you said, such a testament to tenacity and perseverence. What a great parallel to the writing life!

  • January 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    >I love inspirational stories like this. The lesson is clear: no matter how hard the road, stick with it.

    Susan 🙂

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