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Old 23 November 2010, 12:06 AM
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Fight A Memorable Line, Fact or Fable, Lives On in Legend

Before George Gipp died of pneumonia at age 25 in 1920, Knute Rockne said, he whispered the following words:

ďIíve got to go, Rock. Itís all right. Iím not afraid. Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong, and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go in there, with all theyíve got, and win just one for the Gipper. I donít know where Iíll be then, Rock. But Iíll know about it, and Iíll be happy.Ē

What continues to make the words questionable, and perhaps the story dubious, is that Rockne chose not to let the public or his players in on Gippís final exhortation until eight years later, when Notre Dame was facing Army at Yankee Stadium.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/sp...ll/14gipp.html
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