Kobe Bryant Meets His Hero: This week Kobe Bryant was starstruck in a chance meeting with Rudy Ruettiger, the inspiration for the 1993 film Rudy. Bryant said he's watched the Notre Dame football film hundreds of times since seeing it first as a high school sophomore. "You want to meet the person who's had the biggest influence on my life?" Bryant said. "That's Rudy. The real Rudy Ruettiger. ... When I saw it I told myself if I can play as hard as Rudy with the talent I have, anything's possible."