George Gipp

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Birthday
18, 1895
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
Dec 14, 1920 (25)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
18, 1895
Birthplace
Michigan
Death Date
Dec 14, 1920 (25)

About

The first Notre Dame football player to be selected as an All-American. He played halfback, quarterback, and punter.

Before Fame

He had never played organized football before college, but legendary coach Knute Rockne convinced him to join the Fighting Irish.

Trivia

He died during his senior season of a streptococcal throat infection at the age of 25; days before his death, he rallied the team for a win against Northwestern.

Family Life

He grew up with his dad, Matthew, in Laurium, Michigan.

Associated With

He was portrayed by actor and future U.S. president Ronald Reagan in the 1940 film Knute Rockne, All American, which popularized Gipp's famous deathbed request to Rockne, Win just one for the Gipper.