When it comes to the classic sports movie/free pass for grown men to cry flick Rudy—based on the true story of a scrappy Notre Dame student who goes from groundskeeper to playing in the final game of the football season—ESPN hits it right on the head: "You either love "Rudy" or hate it (ya know, considering it was the corniest thing ever)."
Count Joe Montana, who played on that Fighting Irish squad with the real Rudy Ruettiger, as one who hated it. Appearing on DirecTV's Dan Patrick Show, he recalled that now iconic sports moment a bit differently than the film's depiction:
"It's a movie remember ... not all that's true."
After a dismissive sigh, Montana undermined some of the main storylines in the movie saying, "The crowd wasn't chanting ... nobody threw in their jerseys."
Montana acknowledged that the real Rudy did play in the final home game ... and did get a sack -- but stated that when the players carried Rudy off the field, they were "kinda playin' around ... I won't say as a joke, but playing around."
Joe finished, "He worked his butt off to get where he was ... but not any harder than anybody else."
Read the full story at TMZ.
For reference, here's that pepper spray of a scene in the Rudy film...
...and video footage of the actual 1975 game: