Rockne of Notre Dame: The Making of a Football Legend

Rockne of Notre Dame: The Making of a Football Legend

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by Ray Robinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195157923

ISBN-13: 9780195157925

Pub. Date: 11/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In a mere twelve years, Rockne's "Fighting Irish" won 105 games, including five astonishing undefeated seasons. But Rockne was more than the sum of his victories—he was an icon who, more than anyone, made football an American obsession.
The book gives us colorful descriptions of such Rockne teams as the undefeated 1924 eleven led by the

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In a mere twelve years, Rockne's "Fighting Irish" won 105 games, including five astonishing undefeated seasons. But Rockne was more than the sum of his victories—he was an icon who, more than anyone, made football an American obsession.
The book gives us colorful descriptions of such Rockne teams as the undefeated 1924 eleven led by the illustrious Four Horsemen, and the 1930 squad, Rockne's last and greatest. A renowned motivator whose "Win one for the Gipper" is the most famous locker-room speech ever, Rockne was also football's most brilliant innovator, a pioneer of the forward pass, a master of the psychological ploy, and an early advocate of conditioning. In this balanced account, Rockne emerges as an exemplary and complex figure: a fierce competitor who was generous in victory and defeat; an inspiring father figure to his players; and a man so revered nationwide that when he died in a plane crash in 1931, at the height of his career, he was mourned by the entire country.
"A solid portrait of one of football's most solid figures."—The New York Times Book Review

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ISBN-13:
9780195157925
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
778,519
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Rockne of Notre Dame: The Making of a Football Legend 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Knute rockne rocks
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Rockne of Notre Dame: The Making of a Football Legend begins by giving some background on the legendary coach. Knute Rockne was born in Norway and then his family moved to America for his father¿s business. Eventually Rockne became a football player for his school, University of Notre Dame. After leaving the first team that used the forward pass as a weapon, Rockne became a chemistry teacher at Notre Dame while working as the assistant coach for the football team. Soon Rockne became the head coach of Notre Dame and he still holds the highest winning percentage of any head coach in NCAA Division 1 football to date. After winning his third national championship Rockne took a plane back to South Bend which tragically crash landed and killed him. Ray Robinson presents the themes of determination, hard work, and loyalty. Rockne gave everything he had to help his team win as many games as possible. Even when the Notre Dame team lost, they always came home to encouraging crowds. Robinson writes as if he lived in the 1920¿s and knew Rockne personally. His technique helps paint a clear picture of what football was like in the beginning and how Rockne helped advance the game of football. Robinson does give a lot of lists though. He will compare Rockne to other athletes quite a bit. The names Babe Ruth, Bobby Jones, and Lou Gehrig appear numerous times. Robinson also tends to go off on tangents occasionally, but they are kept on a short leash. Overall this book is very informative and presents the various legends about Rockne and their likelihood of being factual. Anyone who is a Notre Dame fan or just a sports fan in general will enjoy hearing about how Knute Rockne battled to become the greatest football coach in history.