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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's makeup--to make him look more like the real Knute Rockne
, whom he did not resemble at all--took three hours each day to apply. See more
At 56:56, the player moved his arm twice. See more
Mr. Rockne, couldn't football be replaced by some other game? Something less violent?
Well, what game would you suggest?
Well, hockey, for instance.
[This answer is greeted by raucous laughter in the committee room
Why, as a matter of fact, I suggested that very idea to Father Callahan, our president. He was downright interested until we came to the use of sticks, and then he threw up his hands. He said, "No... , that game is not for our university. Notre Dame will never endorse any game that ...
Carolina in the Morning
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played at the show Rockne treats the boys to
Reprised on piano as Rockne rehearses a new football play See more