Norfolk, Nebraska (US92) - He's a legend when it comes to Notre Dame football, and his fight through adversity and obstacles inspired the 1993 film "Rudy".
Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger was the special guest speaker in Norfolk, Nebraska last night for the Norfolk Area Chamber's annual banquet.
Rudy has moved away from South Bend, Indiana since his school and football days at Notre Dame and now lives in Las Vegas
He travels the country telling his story and giving motivational speeches.
He'll be the first to tell you that the movie is not about Notre Dame football and it's not about being of the Catholic faith, it's about never quitting on yourself or giving up on your dreams.
Ruettiger says you have to fail to succeed and when you have confidence, you become inspired. He also talked about a concept he calls "inspiration association"
"I think associating thoughts and things and people and events…it makes us think differently, out of the box. Everybody does something, and I like to learn about their struggles and how they did it. And, sometimes we learn by that," said Ruettiger.
Along with Ruettiger's speech, the Norfolk Area Chamber also celebrated the many successes of the past year by handing out awards and recognizing it's members.
The highest honor, the Norfolk Oscar, was awarded to former Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood for his many years of service.
Chamber leaders also announced to their largest crowd ever that Norfolk is a finalist for National Chamber of the Year.
This is the second time Norfolk has made the list of finalists. They also received the nomination in 2011, when they were national runner up.
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