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Rockne, Knute Kenneth

(no͞ot, rŏk`nē), 1888–1931, American football coach, b. Norway, B.S. Notre Dame, 1914. In 1893 he settled with his parents in Chicago. He excelled at football at Notre Dame and with Gus Dorais scored a sensational upset (1913) of the heavily favored Army team through the use of the forward pass—a legal but then seldom-used tactic. Rockne became (1914) a Notre Dame chemistry instructor and served (1918–31) as head football coach. In his 13 years as coach, Notre Dame won 105 games, lost 12, and tied 5; he had five undefeated, untied seasons. Rockne not only made Notre Dame the country's leading football center but also revolutionized football theory. He stressed offense, developed the precision backfield or Notre Dame shift, perfected line play, and developed many stars, including the most famous backfield of all time, the "Four Horsemen of Notre Dame" (Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, James Crowley, and Elmer Layden).
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Knute Rockne and George Gipp must be spinning in their graves after viewing the hodge-podge football uniforms Notre Dame will don Saturday for their nationally televised game against Syracuse in the new Yankee Stadium.
Niese, an author and library director who lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and Dorais, Gus' grandson who has researched and collected information about him, offer a biography of Charles "Gus" Dorais (1891-1954), who was quarterback of Notre Dame's "Dorais to Rockne" tandem with Knute Rockne, which revolutionized football's forward pass.
Just as Knute Rockne's four horsemen made gridiron success possible for Notre Dame in 1924, the Air Force's four horsemen of the battlefield make victory possible for our troops today.
Knute Rockne's Fighting Irish competed there, and Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packers took the field 10 times.
Several lists, such as one compiled by that esteemed sports site Reader's Digest (rd.com/cul ture/best-football-movies), include that slice of Notre Dame propaganda, Knute Rockne All-American, which probably is better known today for a relatively small role (Ronald Reagan as George Gipp) than for its rousing story of Irish football.
His breakout role in "Knute Rockne, All American" put him on the map as an actor in 1940.
Did you know that the death of legendary football coach Knute Rockne hastened the development of the transcontinental airplane?
More than 200 artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be displayed, including Knute Rockne's 1919 Massillon Tigers helmet.
Among his famous roles were George Gipp in the 1940 film Knute Rockne, All-American, and an accident victim in the 1942 film Kings Row.
Coach for a Nation: The Life and Times of Knute Rockne is the first comprehensive biography of legendary 20th century football coach Knute Rockne (1888-1931).
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But consensus seems to be that Knute Rockne a Norwegian-born American footballer was originally responsible for the 'show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser' line.