Throwback Thursday: Notre Dame Football Coach Knute Rockne


Notre Dame football kicks off on Saturday against Rice. We here at South Bend Voice thought that it would be fitting tribute to feature one of the all-time greats as the Fighting Irish begin their 2014 season.

No single person is more emblematic of Notre Dame football than former coach Knute Rockne. The Norwegian-born coaching legend won four national championships for Notre Dame, including five undefeated seasons and a 105–12–5 overall record. Perhaps more important for fans of the sport, Rockne helped usher in the forward pass.

The undated photo shows Rockne — wearing his signature fedora, suit and trench coat — standing between baseball legends Babe Ruth (left) and Lou Gehrig (right).

We couldn’t think of a better way to express the team’s “play like a champion today” mantra than with this photo. Go Irish!


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