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Overheard On Twitter: Even Penn State Thinks Rudy Was Offsides

In what began as a friendly twitter interaction between two world renowned brands, Penn State delivered the ultimate social media burn to rival Notre Dame by calling out a certain Fighting Irish alumnus that warmed the hearts of college football fans across the country.

Penn State was promoting Penn State Police and its newest addition to the force, Rudie the police pup. Our friends in South Bend took notice, promptly giving what they believed to be the “proper” spelling of the name Rudie.

Notre Dame, of course, is referring to former football player Rudy Ruettiger, the star of the feature film, “Rudy.” The movie narrates Rudy’s dream of playing for legendary Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian, and the journey he embarks on to achieve this goal. It’s a heartwarming story that culminates with Rudy dressing for his final game, sacking Georgia Tech’s quarterback on the final play, and being carried off the field atop the shoulders of his teammates.


If the footage is studied closer, Rudy kicks his right leg, while his left hand motions towards the line of scrimmage after a hard count, deeming him OFFSIDES. The play should’ve been flagged, and all the warm fuzziness caused by the story should be replaced with the cold, hard truth.

Leave it to Penn State and its incredible social media presence to deliver one of the Twitter burns of the summer. After some time in the shadows, it looks like Penn State has returned to the social media spotlight.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected].

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