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Never Say Die (4 of 4)
Series: Strong Faith for Tough Times
Daniel Ruettiger was born in Joliet Illinois in 1948 he was the 3rd of 13 children. His dad was just a working class guy they didn't have much money they grew up in a small home. Daniel was a special kid he wasn't very big but he loved football. And he played football in high school and although he was only 5' 7'', 165 lbs. one of the smaller guys on his team, he lead the team in tackles his junior and senior year, playing defensive end. Well Daniel had a problem he was dyslexic and so school was hard for him and his heart was set on going to Notre Dame but he couldn't get into Notre Dame so he had to go to Holy Cross Junior College. And he went there for 2 years and he tried 3 times to try and get into Notre Dame and finally on the 3rd try he made it. And his dream was not only to go to Notre Dame it was to play football at the University of Notre Dame. His dad loved that school and Daniel grew up loving that school so he wanted to play football there. Well 5' 7'', 165, probably not going to happen but he tried out he tried as a walk on and amazingly he made the practice squad. Now the practice squad was basically just the blocking and tackling dummies for the guys on the real team. But it was an opportunity to perhaps make the team from the practice squad and he just so University Of Notre Dame. And Daniel didn't have much ability and much size but he had heart, miles and miles of heart! He was a never say die kind of guy. And when he practiced with the team there was blood there was sweat there were tears there were bruises there was much pain that he endured. You want to be on the practice squad of that school? Daniel went through that because he wanted, and his dream was to get to suit up for one game. Well two seasons at Notre Dame, it was the end of his second season and every week, nope he wasn't on the team this week wasn't on the team this week wasn't on the ...
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