Daniel Ruettiger is an American motivational speaker with a net worth of $500 thousand. A former player of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, Ruettiger also gained his net worth through telling his life story (as a Notre Dame player) which was made into a 1990′s blockbuster, Rudy. After numerous attempts, Ruettiger became a student at Notre Dame in the mid seventies, in hope of joining the football team. Despite being too short (he was 5ft6), Ruettiger was placed on the scout team. He was eventually put in a game as a defensive end. He quickly gained credibility when he sacked a quarterback in the only game he played. He was carried off the field by teammates, making him the only player (in the school history) to be carried off the field. Almost twenty years later, the blockbuster Rudy (1993) was made about his time as a Notre Dame Football player. After the Notre Dame years, Ruettiger became a motivational speaker, giving talks to school-age children, University students as well as professional athletes. He's also co-written several books including Rudy's Insight for Winning in Life and Ruby &Friends. Ruettiger set up The Rudy Foundation, a non-for-profit organisation which helps develop programs that has a positive impact on children's lives. The Ruby Award was created under the organisation which recognises children's achievements.