Man who inspired the movie “Rudy” charged with running stock scam

Daniel Ruettiger may have misled investors

Daniel Ruettiger, the persistent young man who, despite his small stature, made his way onto the Notre Dame football team in the 1970s—an event that eventually inspired the movie “Rudy”—has found himself in trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

On Friday, the commission charged Ruettiger and 12 others with running a scam associated with Rudy Nutrition, an energy drink company Ruettiger founded to compete with Gatorade. According to the SEC, the company was a pump-and-dump stock scam that only sold modest amounts of its product but created $11 million in illicit profits.


Cathleen Flahardy

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