Joe Montana Rips Rudy
The audio from the Dan Patrick Show interview with legendary quarterback Joe Montana Tuesday morning had us wondering if Montana also enjoys telling eight year-olds the truth about Santa Claus:
ew.com Sean Astin as Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger
Dan Patrick: Were you there when Rudy was there?
Joe Montana: Yeah. (pause) It's a movie, remember. Not all that's true.
DP: Well what wasn't true?
JM: Well the crowd wasn't chanting. No one threw in their jersey. He did get in the game; he got carried off the field. And really back then they tried to play everyone, so that all the seniors could get in during the last home game. The schedule was already kind of set that way. So he got in, he did get a sack, and then the guys carried him off--just playing around. I won't say it was a joke--just playing around. But he did work his butt off to get where he was, and to do the things he did. But not any harder than anybody else.
DP: Wait. You're RUINING it for me here! I bought in that you guys were turning in your jerseys, and it was this emotional thing, and Rudy, he was your spiritual rallying cry.
JM: (Sarcastic laughter) Whoa, what's in your coffee this morning?
In less than 30 seconds, Joe Montana, the quarterback on the 1975 Notre Dame team, ripped apart the most memorable scene in Rudy, a film many regard as the best sports movie of all time. If for some reason you were raised by lemurs or stuck in a religious cult for the last 20 years, this is the one we're referring to.
Here's the thing Joe: This may come as something of a surprise, but we were aware that we were, in fact, watching a motion picture that was created for the purpose of entertainment and which was based on a true story. If we wanted to see reality we would have watched a documentary. We just happen to find escaping into a world where people triumph over obstacles and dickheads (like you) much more entertaining.