Rockne, Knute (Kenneth)(1888–1931) football coach; born in Voss, Norway. His family came to this country in 1893. From 1905 through 1910, he worked as a night clerk to earn money for college. An end whose pass receiving helped Notre Dame beat Army in 1913, he became coach at his alma mater in 1918 and served until his death, producing six national championships and five perfect-record teams. Perhaps football's most famous coach, and one of the few whose life inspired a movie, "Rock" was known for his preference for speed over brute force, his use of psychology, and his halftime orations. It was during halftime at the 1928 Army game that he inspired his team to victory with his "Win one for the Gipper" story.
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