How does a lower middle-class kid with dyslexia get into the University of Notre Dame and become the inspiration for millions in a film that has become one of the most influential sports movies ever made? He never gave up. Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, at 5’6” and 165 pounds, was much smaller than the average football player, but he famously made his dream of playing on the Notre Dame team a reality, later shown in the film Rudy. Now an active motivational speaker and author, Ruettiger has penned the autobiographical Rudy: My Story (Thomas Nelson). He details successes and failures throughout his life, sharing hard lessons he’s learned and encouraging readers that anyone with a dream can make it a reality through hard work and persistence.