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Overview (4)

Born in Voss, Norway
Died in Bazaar, Kansas, USA  (plane crash)
Birth NameKnute Kenneth Rockne
Nickname Rock

Mini Bio (1)

Knute Rockne was born on March 4, 1888 in Voss, Norway as Knute Kenneth Rockne. He was a writer, known for Various Shifts (1931), Offensive System (1931) and Backfield Play (1931). He was married to Mrs. Knute Rockne. He died on March 31, 1931 in Bazaar, Kansas, USA.

Spouse (1)

Mrs. Knute Rockne (15 July 1914 - 31 March 1931) ( his death) ( 4 children)

Trivia (8)

Pictured on a 22¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued in his honor, issued 9 March 1988.
His cousin Judge Russell Rockne Leggett presided over the murder case of schoolmistress Jean Harris, who was convicted of killing the "Scarsdale Diet" author, Dr. Herman Tarnower.
Always insisted that his given name was properly pronounced with the "k" sound, i.e., "kuh-nute," rather than with a silent "k," as it usually is, i.e., "nute."
Was captain of the 1913 Notre Dame team that popularized the forward pass in their 35-13 upset win over Army.
Delivered his now-famous "Win one for the Gipper" speech at halftime during the 1928 Notre Dame-Army game.
Head football coach at Notre Dame from 1918 to 1930. Compiled a 105-12-5 record. His .881 lifetime winning percentage is still the highest of all time among college football coaches. Coached Notre Dame to consensus national championships in 1924, 1929 and 1930.
Interred at Highland Cemetary in South Bend, Indiana.
Inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1951.

Personal Quotes (1)

Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearranging their prejudices.

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