The entire team refuses to play the last game unless Rudy does, so the coach finally agrees to let him play. The game's nearing its end, and Rudy still hasn't gone on the field. The Notre Dame sideline begins chanting "Rudy," and soon, the whole stadium is cheering for him. The coach lets Rudy in on the last play, and Rudy sacks the quaterback to end the game. The entire stadium goes wild and Rudy is carried off the field by the players. We learn that since 1975, no other Notre Dame player has been carried off the field.
Fortune: I rode the bench for two years. Thought I wasn't being played because of my color, I got filled up with a lotta attitude. So I quit. Still not a week goes by I don't regret it. And I guarantee a week won't go by in your life you won't regret walking out, letting them get the best of ya. You hear me clear enough?
Trivia: One of the fans in the stands is actually Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, and he is listed in the credits as "fan in the stands" who can be seen in the last few minutes of the film. You can see the real Rudy sitting directly behind the actors playing Rudy's parents, and he's wearing a plaid flat cap and a dark colored coat with a thick light beige fur collar/lapel. About 15 seconds after the game ending tackle, Ned Beatty, the actor playing Rudy's father, turns around and grabs the real Rudy by his coat collar/lapel, then slaps his chest in joyful celebration.
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