Gipp, George

Gipp, George

(1895–1920) football star; born in Laurium, Mich. The son of a Congregational minister, he went to Notre Dame on a baseball scholarship and there discovered his great talents in playing football. He died of pneumonia and is said to have been cited in 1928 by Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne when he exhorted a losing team with "Let's win one for the Gipper!" Ronald Reagan starred as Gipp in the 1940 movie, Knute Rockne: All American.
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