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Knute Rockne

Born: 1888-03-04 - Died: 1931-03-31
Cause of Death:
Plane Crash

Death Summary: Rockne died in a plane crash at the age of 43. One of the plane's wings separated in mid-flight.

It was originally thought that the plane passed through a storm, which caused the wing to come off, but after uncovering meteorological records, it was found that there had been no storm, and the problem was chalked up to fatigue cracks in the wing.

Who was Knute Rockne : Knute Rockne, besides being considered one of the greatest coaches of all time in American football, was also considered the father of the forward pass, which has come to be quite important in the sport. In fact, it's hard to imagine the sport being played without it.

Rockne was originally from Norway, but came to America as a child and got his start playing football with other kids in his neighborhood.

He eventually went on to coach football for Notre Dame where his legacy was born. He was there from 1918 to 1930 - the year before his death. His record there was 105 wins, 12 losses, and 5 ties. He took them to 6 national championships and had 5 undefeated seasons.

Rockne's son Jack died of Cancer on August 10th, 2008.
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  1. Cody Mundy Says:

    I have awas been a BIG fan of knute rockne and im finaly lerning more and more about him. I am a big fan of notre dame and i alwas have and i alwase will.

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