March 4, marks the anniversary of the birth of Notre Dame's legendary coach, Knute Rockne. The iconic leader of the Fighting Irish was born on this date in Norway in the year 1888.
Knute Rockne is the greatest college football coach who ever lived. But sometimes we forget that first, he was a Notre Dame student-athlete.
Just over a century ago, a new Notre Dame coach and athletic director, Jesse Harper, his quarterback Charles “Gus” Dorais, and an end and team captain named Knute Rockne most certainly revolutionized college football and popularized the forward pass in a single football game played at West Point. That November day, Dorais and Rockne surprised their heavily-favored opponents with an unprecedented use of long downfield passes. Dorais completed 14 of 17 passes for 243 yards, and little-known Notre Dame shocked the Army 35-13.
In a way, 1913 was the start of the Knute Rockne’s heritage at Notre Dame, as he developed as a Notre Dame student-athlete and team captain, and went on to become the winningest coach in the history of football.