This is one of the keys to an incredibly difficult set. Knute Rockne is simply the most popular coaching figure in football history - a history filled with several great coaches. While Rockne was known for being a perfectionist
and the ultra-disciplinarian, his motivational speeches are what made him famous, and they came in all forms. After trailing at the half in one game, a disgusted Rockne stormed into the Notre Dame locker room with his players expecting a serious verbal lashing. Instead, Rockne calmed
down and simply said, "Let's go girls." Needless to say, The Irish went on to victory. His famous "Win one for the Gipper" speech that inspired Notre Dame to upset Army, is one of his most memorable orations. Rockne finished his career with an astonishing 105-12-5 record, which included
six National Championships (1919, 1920, 1924, 1927, 1929 and 1930) and five undefeated seasons. In 1931, right in the prime of his coaching career, Rockne perished in a plane crash. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. This card measures approximately 2 2/8" by 2 7/8" and it is, without question, one of the toughest on the list with poor centering as the most noteworthy condition obstacle.
Knute Kenneth Rockne (born Knut Larsen Rokne, March 4, 1888 - March 31, 1931) is perhaps the greatest if not the most legendary college head football coaches in the history of the game. Despite the limited amount that Rockne actually played, his innovation, intelligence, understanding and knowledge of football helped him redefine how the game was and is played today. After graduated from Notre Dame in 1914, he became the head coach of the Fighting Irish in 1918 where he remained until his death in 1931. Rockne introduced the “shift”, realigning the backfield for more effective results, and utilized the forward pass to open up his offense in a time when rushing was the norm of the era. Knute’s magnetic personality and extraordinary success made him the coach to play for in the 1920s, and drew recruits such as George Gipp, Rip Miller, Hunk Anderson and Notre Dame’s legendary “Four Horsemen – Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Don Miller and Elmer Layden. During his 13-year as head coach of the Irish, Rockne compiled a 105-12-5 record. He led Notre Dame to five undefeated seasons and five National Championships (1919-1920, 1924, 1929-1930). Knute Rockne was tragically killed March of 1931 in a plane crash in Kansas after visiting his sons at Pembroke-Country Day School in Bazaar, Kansas. Knute Rockne was an inaugural inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.