Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Knute "Rock" Rockne

Knute "Rock" Rockne

Details

  • Position: Coach
  • School: Notre Dame
  • Years: 1918-1930
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Voss, Norway
  • Date of Birth: Mar 04, 1888
  • Place of Death: Bazaar, KS
  • Date of Death: Mar 31, 1931

Member Biography

Amid the gentle silence and serenity of a South Bend, Indiana cemetery, one finds a quiet grave site with the most modest of headstones. "Knute Rockne - Father", reads the inscription. Beneath the Indiana soil rests the remains of Knute Kenneth Rockne, a Norwegian immigrant who was, without question, American football's most-renowned coach. This man would instill unparalleled spirit and enthusiasm in a team. From 1918 to 1930, Rockne's Notre Dame elevens were the toast of national gridirons, running to a 105-12-5 record. Rockne's electric personality and the stylish play of his teams captured public imagination during the "Golden Age" of sports in the Roaring Twenties. Five times, his clubs went undefeated as he perfected such maneuvers as the Notre Dame Shift and guided legendary athletes George Gipp, Hunk Anderson, Rip Miller, and of course, the Four Horsemen - Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Don Miller and Elmer Layden. Then, on March 31, 1931, America and the world mourned the news -Knute Rockne had died in a plane crash at Bazaar, Kansas... a hero, fallen, but never forgotten. Will Rogers paid this tribute: "Notre Dame was Knute Rockne's address, but every gridiron in America was his home."