The real-life Rudy made quite a pretty penny off his game-worn gear.
Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger only played in one, famous game for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This weekend, the gear he wore on the field that day netted him more than $200,000.
According to the Associated Press, Ruettiger’s jersey and helmet from that 1975 win over Georgia Tech sold for $241,500 during an auction at the Super Bowl in Houston.
Ruettiger had teamed up with Hunt Auctions through the NFL Auction at the Super Bowl in Houston, joking that the move also got him a trip to the Super Bowl.
His father had been storing the helmet and jersey the former walk-on wore Nov. 8, 1975, in a case. Ruettiger took those items when his father died, and he decided it was time to part with them knowing they would mean something to somebody.
Some of the proceeds from the auction go to charity, but still, not bad work for Ruettiger.
This is the second time Rudy has found himself in the news recently. A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed he converted to Mormonism.