Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger Notre Dame game jersey, helmet to be sold at auction

IRISH STEW

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame football fans already know the name and own the movie.

Now, they can own a piece of the story behind it, too.

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger's jersey and helmet from Notre Dame's game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 8, 1975, will be sold at the ninth-annual Super Bowl Live Auction on Feb. 4 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

Both the helmet and jersey are being offered for the first time publicly and are expected to garner six-figure bids, according to the release.

“Over 40 years ago, in 1975, I could never have imagined what that moment on that field in South Bend would mean to my life nor the lives of so many that I have been so fortunate to meet,” Ruettiger said in a release. “The feeling I had that day on the field as well as the experiences and blessings it has brought to me and my family simply cannot be qualified.

"I felt it time to share these two items with those that made all of this possible to me and in order to assist my grandchildren in the pursuit of their dreams as they begin their lives. I will always be grateful to my many fans and supporters to which I encourage to never quit. Go Irish!”

Of course, the story behind Ruettiger's memorabilia was chronicled in the 1993 film, "Rudy." The former walk-on Irish defensive lineman was allowed to dress for a single game in his senior season, and Ruettiger sacked the Georgia Tech quarterback on the final play of the game and was subsequently carried off the field.

Now, the only game jersey and helmet Ruettiger ever wore at Notre Dame will find a second home.

The live auction will begin at noon on Feb. 4. Bids can be made in person, via phone or online during the auction. More information is available at www.huntauctions.com.

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger's game-worn jersey and helmet will be sold at auction on Feb. 4 (SBT file photo).