Hall of Fame

George Gipp

  • School
    Notre Dame
  • Induction
"Win one for The Gipper!" Knute Rockne's words came with a special emotion as he urged his Notre Dame players to remember and respond accordingly. Rockne knew "The Gipper" had won more than his share for Notre Dame. It was not just Rockne's impassioned pleas which had made George Gipp a Notre Dame legend. It was the vision of a free-spirited, untamed athlete scoring touchdown after touchdown and leading Irish teams to a pair of perfect nine-game seasons in his final two years. It was remembering that late afternoon in South Bend's St. Joseph Hospital when the failing Gipp, losing the battle with pneumonia, slipped through death's door. "I gotta go, Rock," Gipp had said. "Someday, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are going bad and breaks are beating the boys - tell them to go on in there with all they've got and win just one for The Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock, but I'll know about it, and I'll be happy." December 14, 1920; George Gipp, age 25, was dead. In four varsity years Gipp rushed for 2,341 yards. This was a school record that lasted until 1978. He also completed 93 passes for 1,769 yards, punted, and returned kicks. He scored 156 points, counting touchdowns, extra points, and field goals. The speech Rockne gave using Gipp's plea was at halftime Nov. 10, 1928, against Army. Notre Dame trailing 6-0, came back to win 12-6. Gipp was born Feb. 18, 1895 in Laurium, Michigan.