Today in the Word, October 22, 1993
Win One For the Gipper
Notre Dame football star George Gipp could do it all&md;run, pass, and punt with unparalleled skill. The 1920 season established the Gipp as a football immortal. But on December 14, 1920, young George Gipp died of pneumonia. But thanks to football legend&md;and a movie in which former president Ronald Reagan portrayed Gipp&md;the story of George Gipp lived on. On November 10, 1928, Notre Dame and Army were tied at halftime. Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne, himself a legend, told of being at the dying Gipp's bedside. Rockne recalled how Gipp feebly said, "Sometime, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are going wrong and the breaks are beating the boys&md;tell them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper." They did.