RISE ABOVE WITH RUDY

RISE ABOVE WITH RUDY

If you love the movie, you're going to love the podcast! Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger is the real-life inspiration for the iconic movie, RUDY. In this weekly podcast, Rudy continues his movie’s message of hope, perseverance, and self-reliance, by sharing the amazing and inspiring true stories of everyday people who are ‘Rudys’ in their own lives. People of all ages who are choosing courage over adversity, beating the odds, and making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. Periodically, Rudy will feature celebrities and pro athletes telling their personal ‘Rudy stories.’ Rudy is joined each week by Joe Garner, six-time New York Times bestselling author of numerous books including Echoes of Notre Dame Football.... Show More

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March 1, 2021 24 min

On paper, our guest shouldn't have succeeded. He was born the mixed-race son of a drug-dealing pimp father and an orphaned, single mother on welfare. He was raised in the slums of Dayton, Ohio, suffered incredible abuse and racism, and had multiple stints in the juvenile justice system. He barely graduated high school and has no college degree.

But he persevered.  Starting by scrubbing toilets, he hustled and worked his way int...

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“Sparrow In The Razor Wire: Finding freedom from within while serving a life sentence” is Quan’s story of transformation inside a place many see as the end of the road. Quan shares the journey of redemption and discovery that led to his ultimate freedom.

 

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February 15, 2021 18 min

Our guest is a well-known and respected psychologist.  In her work she explores the many sides of human psychology. From the psychology behind anxiety, dealing with grief, body confidence and attitudes in the workplace & everything in between.  She has published more than forty academic articles and is the author of numerous books including her most recent books Unfollow: Living Life on your terms.  Meet Dr. Linda Papadopoulos

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Enjoy this encore episode featuring Jerry Schemmel, renowned sportscaster.  He spent a decade as the radio play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies, and prior to that, he served as play-by-play announcer for the NBA's Denver Nuggets. 

In this episode, Jerry is his harrowing yet amazing story of survival, which he’s chronicled in his book, “Chosen to Live.”

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February 1, 2021 22 min

Our guest is a groundbreaking physician-scientist, and disease hunter.  But at the age 25 he went from being a beast-like college quarterback...to receiving his last rites while in medical school and nearly dying four more times battling an extremely rare disease. It would transform him  from a patient on the brink of death, whose illness stumped specialist after specialist, into one of the leading researchers in his field.  He’s n...

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If you’ve ever thought – "I can’t do that...I have no experience or background." Then you really need to pay attention.   Our guest became a legendary Women’s Gymnastics coach — with no background in gymnastics. She never tumbled, flipped, or played any type of organized sport. And yet she became Head Coach of the seven-time NCAA Champion, 22-time Regional and 18-time Pac-12 Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team, she was in...

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January 18, 2021 17 min

We have a truly special guest today.  He knows a lot about leadership.  He also knows adversity—but overcame it. As one of six children, raised in South Jamaica New York by a single mom who cleaned houses, he and his siblings didn’t always know if they would come home to an eviction notice on the front door or food on the table. When he was 15 years old, he and his brother were arrested for criminal trespassing. While they were in ...

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January 11, 2021 33 min

RAY MANCINI, HALL OF FAME BOXER ORIGINALLY FROM YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO, WHO WAS GIVEN THE NICKNAME “BOOM BOOM” BECAUSE OF HIS WHIRLWIND FIGHTING STYLE.  HIS FIRST WORLD TITLE ATTEMPT CAME AGAINST WBC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION, ALEXIS ARGUELLO. IT WAS CHOSEN BY MANY AS ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR BOUTS OF THE 1980S. SIX MONTHS LATER, HE CHALLENGED WBA LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION ARTURO FRIAS. AND TAKING THE BELT IN ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR FIRST R...

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Our guest is a retired Navy Reserve Captain and a Los Angeles-based 737 Captain for United airlines. You can say flying is in his DNA in that he was born into an Air Force family.  After graduating with honors from University of Kansas, he joined the U.S. Navy and flew as a Naval Flight Officer, and later transitioned to become a Naval Aviator (pilot).

He flew combat missions in Bosnia-Hercegovina and Afghanistan, the Far East, Mid...

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Steve Herz is one of the premier talent agents and career advisors.  Drawing on his years of experience representing major sports and celebrity clients, Steve has developed a philosophy which he’s put into a self-empowerment guide to help people achieve their fullest professional and personal potential.  You’re going to love the title, Don’t Take YES for an Answer.  In his book he explains why excessive positive feedback actually l...

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ROB DINERMAN IS CEO OF DINERMAN LEADERSHIP SOLUTIONS.  HE TEACHES, TRAINS, AND COACHES INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS IN THE AREAS OF LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION. HE ALSO WORKS WITH THE JOHN MAXWELL TEAM, THE LARGEST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD.

 

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Known in the fitness community as the Mind-Body-Soul Connector and selected by Verywell.com as one of the top one hundred voices in wellness for 2020, Robert Brace is a celebrity wellness expert, motivational speaker, former soloist ballet dancer, and star of the Food Network’s weight-loss reality show “Fat Chef.”   In 2008, he founded what is now known as Brace Life Studios. As a visionary fitness expert, Robert believes that true...

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Our guest today experienced his first crisis at age eight when his parents divorced. Marc Mero grew up in a poor section of New York, but wrote down his dreams and goals, setting his sights on athletics. He worked hard to achieve success and eventually landed a career in professional wrestling. After reaching the pinnacle of sports entertainment as a WCW and WWE Wrestling Champion, Marc suffered enormous loss and learned that money...

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In this episode, Rudy and Joe recommend three movies each to watch with your very close family and friends during the holiday hunker-down!

About Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger

Today, a highly sought after motivational speaker, Rudy entertains international corporate audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating. He reaches school children, university students, and professional athletes with the same ent...

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November 16, 2020 31 min

Champion pro-wrestler, film and television actor and personality Dallas Page has been entertaining millions of fans for over 30 years.   He joins Rudy and Joe to share his story of how he realized his seemingly impossible dream and how he's turning others into "champions" in their own lives!

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November 9, 2020 20 min

Lloyd Sederer, MD, is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Public Health.  In 2019, he received the Doctor of the Year award from The National Council on Behavioral Healthcare (representing over 3,000 mental health, addiction, and social service organizations serving over 10 million patients).  His writings have appeared in The New York Times / International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washingt...

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November 2, 2020 16 min

Eric LeGrand played defensive tackle for Rutgers.  On October 16, 2010, Eric suffered a severe spinal cord injury during a game against Army. On a kickoff to Army, Eric unintentionally put his head down while running, and ended up driving the crown of his head into the shoulder of the ball carrier, Malcolm Brown. Eric  was credited with the tackle, but he lay on the ground for several minutes before being carried off, unable to mov...

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October 26, 2020 20 min

With Rudy traveling this week, we thought it might be a be a great time to revisit the story of football coach Rob Mendez, born without limbs, shares his incredibly inspiring story of living fearlessly in pursuit of his goals and dreams!

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Rudy continues his movie’s message of hope, perseverance, and self-reliance, by sharing the amazing and inspiring true stories of everyday people who are ‘Rudys’ in ...

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October 19, 2020 17 min

Our guest this week, Renee Paquette, is originally from Toronto, Ontario Canada and now is a neighbor of yours.  Most of our listeners will know her from her time with the WWE, where she served as a commentator, presenter, and interviewer from 2012 until just a couple of months back. She appeared as a main cast member on the reality television series Total Divas. She is also a former sports broadcaster for the score television netw...

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During Dan Hesse’s 7 years as CEO of Sprint Corporation, Sprint won numerous awards for culture and diversity & inclusion.  Sprint’s total shareholder return ranked #1 among all S&P 500 companies for Dan’s last two calendar years, ahead of #2 Netflix.

He is also fellow “Domer."

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