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The 2017 Investors Choice Venture Capital Conference takes place this week, with Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger delivering the event’s Friday keynote luncheon address.

Ruettiger was immortalized in the 1993 film “Rudy,” which tells the story of his relentless efforts to advance from being an undersized athlete to playing for the Notre Dame football team.

“Clearly, ‘Rudy’ is the most inspirational sports movie of all time,” said Brad Bertoch, president and chief executive officer of, the conference organizer. “So it’s not surprising that Ruettiger has gone on to become an inspirational author and a highly sought-after motivational speaker. But that’s not all of his story.”

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