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  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Bison Books
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On April 1, 1931, newspapers in all parts of the country announced in giant headlines that Knute Rockne had died in a plane crash in Kansas. Who was Rockne, age forty-three, to receive all this attention? As head coach of the Notre Dame football team, he was a celebrity whose face and voice were familiar to millions through magazines, newspapers, and radio. At Notre Dame, he himself had been a great football player. After graduation, he remained to teach chemistry and coach track and football. At thirty, he was named head football coach for the Fighting Irish, and over the next thirteen years, his team went undefeated five times. Rockne coached stars such as George Gibb, one of the most talented men ever to play the game, and the "Four Horsemen," the most famous backfield in football history. He raised the status of the coaching profession and helped develop Notre Dame's nationwide following of millions of Irish and other Catholics, many of whom had never even entered a college classroom. InRockneJerry Brondfield has recaptured the magnetism that made Rockne great. In this dramatic and peculiarly American story, he shows how a Norwegian immigrant could gain lasting fame as the coach of an American game at a university founded by Frenchmen and associated with the Irish.

Author Biography

Jerry Brondfield (1914–98) was a radio broadcaster, journalist, sports reporter, and documentary filmmaker. His books include Woody Hayes and the 100-Yard War and Great Moments in American Sports.
Jay Atkinson has written five books, including Legends of Winter Hill and City in Amber.

Table of Contents

The Flight of NC-999
Time of a Giant
Immigrant Family
New Boy in Town
The Assistant
Ambush--and a Weird Affair
The Shift
The Four Horsemen
Picking the Roses
Making it Mesh
A Very Personal Day
Building the Program
The Embarrassments
The Pied Piper
The Ghost of Gipp
The Cripple
Return To The Top
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