The real Rudy can be seen playing a fan in the stands at the end of the movie.
The crowd scenes during Rudy`s final game were filmed during halftime at a real game between Notre Dame and Boston College during 1992. You can tell by the colors that the Boston College fans wear.
# # There is a sign above the stairs to the Notre Dame locker room that lists the national championships won through the years. A sign that omitted the 1977 and 1988 championship references was substituted for the movie.
* * Dan Devine was upset about the scene in which several players laid down their jerseys on his desk as a form of protest for not letting Rudy suit up for the upcoming Georgia Tech game. According to Devine, that incident never took place and if it had, the players involved would have been booted off the team.
In the scenes from the game that Rudy actually plays in, the jerseys of the players have names of actors and crew.
One of only two movies shot on Notre Dame`s campus. The other was _Knute Rockne: All American (1940)
According to Scott Benjaminson, who played Frank, the real Frank Ruettiger is a loving, caring man who was supportive of Rudy`s dream and not the mean spirited, jealous person as portrayed in the film.
The real Rudy did, in fact, record a quarterback sack in his brief appearance in the game.
Names shown on the dress list are real players names from the 1974 team. The list includes some typographical errors.
The first dress list is for the ND vs. Air Force game, an away game played in Colorado Springs, not at home. This game was one of Joe Montana`s first great come back games, down 10-30 in the 4th quarter. ND won 31-30. All 49 players dressing for the game received a game ball.
Rudy runs his fingers down the list in a close-up two times. The first time he starts on one name, the second time he starts on another name. The two names he starts his finger on are the actual names of the two players who picked him up and carried him off the field.
# # John Whitmer (the athletic trainer) was one of the actual Notre Dame Football Athletic Trainers. Likewise, the scene with him is shot in the actual Training Room in the Joyce Center at Notre Dame.
Many of the Priests and miscellaneous Notre Dame employees in the movie are actual Notre Dame employees.
The game film that Coach Parseghian is watching when Rudy walks in to ask if he could dress is actually from the game that Rudy played in.
The football scenes have an added sense of realism because the director never filmed any scenes with a camera on the field. As with a broadcast of a real game, all football scenes were filmed with off-field cameras.
In the middle of the film, during the scene in which Father Cavanaugh speaks to Rudy in the Basilica, Notre Dame president emeritus Father Theodore Hesburgh and Edmund (Ned) Joyce, Hesburgh`s vice-president, makes a cameo appearance. They are seen at the beginning of the scene walking in the Basilica to the right side of Father Cavanaugh`s character. Father Hesburgh was president when the actual Rudy Ruettiger attended Notre Dame. The Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center, on the Notre Dame Campus, was named after Ned Joyce.