Knute Kenneth Rockne
Knute Rockne a young Norwegian immigrant from Voss to the Logan Square district of Chicago, Rockne first played the game with his immigrant neighbors on the sandlots. In front of Voss Railway station there is a memorial stone.
Knute Rockne revolutionised American football with his expertise in tactics and strategy. Knute Kenneth Rockne was an American football player and is regarded by many as the greatest coach in college football history. His biography at the College Football Hall of Fame calls him, "American football´s most-renowned coach".
Rockne was not the first coach to use the forward pass, but he helped popularize it, especially on the East Coast. Most football historians agree that a few schools, notably Saint Louis University, Michigan, and Minnesota, had passing attacks in place well before Rockne arrived at Notre Dame (Notre Dame Fighting Irish Head Football Coaches). Few of the major Eastern teams used the pass, however. In the summer of 1913, while he was a life guard on the beach at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, Rockne and his college teammate and roommate Gus Dorais worked on passing techniques.
That fall, Notre Dame upset heavily favored Army, 35-13, at West Point thanks to a barrage of Dorais-to-Rockne passes. The game played an important role in displaying the potency of the forward pass and "open offense" and convinced many coaches to consider adding a few pass plays to their play books. The game is dramatized in the movie, "The Long Gray Line".
The American Film Institute (AFI) revealed the top movie quotes of all time in AFI´s 100 Years. A jury of 1.500 film artists, critics and historians selected Tell´em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper as number 89, as the most memorable movie quote in Knute Roockne ALL AMERICAN.
In 13 years as the head of Notre Dame, Rockne lost just 12 games.
Notre Dame won the national championship in 1919, 1920, 1924, 1929 and 1930.
Was posthumously inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1951.
Best known for his "Win one for the Gipper" speech at Notre Dame in 1928.
In 1999 he was named one of the greatest coaches on "ESPN SportCentury."
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