Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Tear-jerking story about an autistic high school senior’s moment of basketball glory

This story made me cry! This is a true story, not one of those fake emailed phony-baloney stories.

Title: A Long Shot in More Ways Than One Brings a Town to Tears
Subtitle: Ryan Belflower’s Future is Uncertain, But for One Shining Moment…

by Tim Dahlberg
The Associated Press

Date Published: 6/13/05

1 comment:

christinemm said...

I received an email from a reader stating that she suspects this story, albeit printed in a newspaper, is an urban legend.

If it is, then my friends will laugh at my falling for it. You see, when they send me urban legends, I check the 'net and every one of them is an urban legend. It just takes a few seconds to investigate.

If this is untrue then this is yet another sign that the journalists are getting sloppy.

Here is the reference for a similiar story which is on an urban legend site:


I wrote this back to her and thought you may want to read it as well.
The origins of this story are idential to the true life story of a man names Rudy ---, minus the special education/disability issue. Rudy attended the Univ of Notre Dame in the 1970s. He aspired to be a football player but just wasn't good enough to do anything but warm the bench. He also was poor and was working his way through school there. He wanted more than anything to play football for UND, it was his life's dream. The teammates liked him and the coach let him play the last play of a game they thought they would lose, anyway, only after the other players chanted for him. He then made an unbelievable touchdown and won the game, the last game of the season.

This is a real story and was made into a movie in the early 1990s, called "Rudy". UND resisted the movie to be made for a long time, as they usually don't allow movies to be made on their campus. (I was actually in the stands for one of the filmings of a game sequence, but never identified myself on camera. I also saw them shooting one of the segments where the characters walked across campus, I was in the background but again never saw myself on film.)

After the movie was released there was a buzz that the story was exaggerated to make it seem more dramatic such as saying the hard working student barely passed through his classes.

Actually the movie was quite a good story. Who knows what was exaggerated and what was true to reality, though.

When I read the autism basketball story I thought, "Wow, this sounds like Rudy!".