Hailing from Dunmore, Pa., Tim Ruddy made considerable contributions to Notre Dame's success as the starting center from 1990-93. He started 23 of his 37 games played, and logged a total of 662:98 minutes of playing time throughout his student-athlete career for the Fighting Irish.
In his senior season, Ruddy played more minutes than any other member on the squad. He was a key figure on the offensive line that put Notre Dame sixth in the nation at 260.7 rushing yards per game. He started 23 consecutive games until being sidelined with an abdominal muscle injury against Boston College in '93, and did not play against Texas A&M in the '94 Cotton Bowl. He also was named the recipient of the Toyota Leadership Award during ESPN's telecast of the victory over BYU during the 1993 campaign.
Ruddy was selected for multiple academic awards during his senior season with the Irish. He earned first-team All-America honors from College & Pro Football Weekly and was a second-team Associated Press, United Press International and Football News pick as well. He was named a GTE Academic All-America® choice by CoSIDA for the second consecutive year, and earned the distinction of being named the Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year. Ruddy earned a spot on the Hitachi/College Football Association Scholar-Athlete Team for '93, and was the Delta Airlines/Mobil Cotton Bowl Scholar-Athlete of '94.
Ruddy also received the '93 Rockne Student-Athlete Award for football from the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley, and was named the State Farm/Westwood One Student-Athlete of the Year that season.
As a junior in 1992, Ruddy started all 12 games, and he had 26 appearances on the Notre Dame special teams units, helping the '92 Fighting Irish rank among the national leaders in total offense, rushing and scoring. As a sophomore, he saw time as both a guard and center on the Notre Dame offensive line, playing in the team's first 11 games in '91 and starting at guard against Michigan and Air Force. Ruddy also was an Academic All-America® nominee with a 3.9 GPA, and received the State Farm/Mutual Broadcasting Student-Athlete of the Year Award for '91.
Ruddy earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Notre Dame in 1994, finishing with a 3.859 cumulative grade-point average and boasting a perfect 4.0 GPA during three of his final four semesters at the University.