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Joe Montana: Football Classic "Rudy" Isn't All True

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Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana has dealt a serious blow to the credibility of the beloved Notre Dame football movie "Rudy," claimed the beloved Notre Dame football classic is on emotional steroids. 

Sure, Montana was there when ultimate underdog Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger recorded an unlikely sack in the waning seconds of the 1975 Notre Dame-Georgia Tech football game. It was a play that was memorialized in celulloid that become the tear-jerking climax of the 1993 classic "Rudy."

But the famous play by Rudy (played memorably by Sean Astin) was apparently hammed up for Hollywood, according to Montana.

"It's a movie, remember," the football pro told Dan Patrick's radio program. "Not all of that is true."

Montana was a little-known freshman quarterback at the time of the famous play, so he would know. And he didn't seem to keen to talk about it on the program.

Yet he took time to hit on some themes that have been scrutinized in the past, such as the team's alleged insistence that Rudy get into the game -- even handing in their jerseys to the coach when Rudy wasn't on the dress list.

"No one threw in their jerseys," Montana said. "Back then they tried to play someone at the end of [the season] that all the seniors could get in the last home game. The schedule was kind of set that way."

Montana noted the infamous sack did happen as the final seconds ticked away.

"He did get in," he said. "He did get a sack."

But even the scene of the players carrying Rudy off the field had emotional steroids.

"I won't say it was a joke," Montana said of the actual moment, "but it was playing around. He worked his butt off to get where he was and do the things he did. But not any harder than anyone else."

"You're ruining it for me," host Patrick moaned at one point. Amen, brother.

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