The story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is known as one of the best in American sports. His on-field moment lasted for just 27 seconds, but his legacy has made him one of the most famous graduates of the historic University of Notre Dame.

Ruettiger will share that story at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the El Dorado Conference Center, as part of the SouthArk Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Ruettiger’s lifelong dream was to play football for the Fighting Irish. After years of struggle as a walk-on, Ruettiger—who was not a gifted football player—never got to take the field until three plays at the end of his senior season.

In 1993, TriStar Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film “Rudy.” The critically-acclaimed movie received “Two Thumbs Up” from Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. It is considered to be one of the greatest sports films ever made, and routinely ranks among the most inspirational movies in history.

Today, Ruettiger is a motivational speaker who will discuss his personal experiences of adversity and triumph, and has co-authored several books, including “Rudy’s Insights for Winning in Life” and “Rudy’s Lessons for Young Champions.” He is the founder of the Rudy Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships in education, sports and performing arts.

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