Lars Rockne and his family, including his four year old son Knute, emigrate to Chicago in 1892 from their native Norway. By his mid-twenties Knute saves enough to attend obscure Notre Dame University, where he excels in football and chemistry. He and a teammate develop the forward pass as an offensive weapon while working as life guards on summer break and use it to upset heavily favored Army in a historic game. After graduation Rockne becomes a teacher while coaching part-time but ultimately abandons academics to devote all his energies to football. During his tenure as head coach at the school, he develops such outstanding players as George Gipp, who dies prematurely from a strep infection, and the Four Horseman while introducing many innovative tactics including the backfield shift. Rockne, known for his staccato motivational speeches, devotes his life to maintaining the integrity of the sport he loves and promoting it as an integral component in the development of the American ... Written by
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eventually became the first to have the title Commisioner of the NFL after leaving his coaching job at Notre Dame in the 1940s. See more
Knute Rockne is born in Norway and as a youngster, tells his father not to speak Norwegian, yet a couple of times in the movie he is referred to as a Swede. See more
Knute, Age 7
Poppa, don't talk Norwegian, talk American. We're all Americans now, especially me. I'm left end.
Referenced in Rudy
Music by George R. Poulton
Played when Rockne convinces his coach to use the forward pass See more