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24 Interesting Quotes By Knute Rockne

Famous As: Football player
Born On: March 4, 1888
Died On: March 31, 1931
Born In: Voss Municipality, Norway
Died At Age: 43

Knute Rockne was a Norwegian-American football player and coach at the ‘University of Notre Dame.’ Knute is remembered as one of the greatest coaches in the history of football. He also holds the credit for popularizing the phrase ‘forward pass’ in the sport. Knute started playing football in a local football club. He won ‘All-American’ honors in 1913 at ‘Notre Dame.’ He played a major role in transforming the game at the University. He became the coach at the university in 1914. He remained the head coach for 13 years, during which he helped his team win 105 matches and three national championships. The team also lost 12 matches. Nonetheless, Knute scored the highest-winning percentage of the University at major leagues. He was inducted into ‘College Football Hall of Fame’ in 1951. Some of his brilliant quotes on passion, football, hard work and life are curated below.

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Never tell 'em how many lettermen you've got coming back. Tell 'em how many you lost.

Never tell 'em how many lettermen you've got coming back. Tell 'em how many you lost.

Knute Rockne
Make the present good, and the past will take care of itself.

Make the present good, and the past will take care of itself.

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Let's win one for the Gipper.

Let's win one for the Gipper.

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Leaders are like eagles... they don't flock. You'll find them one at a time.

Leaders are like eagles... they don't flock. You'll find them one at a time.

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It isn't necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.

It isn't necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.

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If winning isn't everything why bother to keep the score?

If winning isn't everything why bother to keep the score?

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If we're a hit, let 'em say anything they want.

If we're a hit, let 'em say anything they want.

Knute Rockne
If the coach insists upon hard play, but clean play, the team will do likewise.

If the coach insists upon hard play, but clean play, the team will do likewise.

Knute Rockne
If I flop, let 'em pan me.

If I flop, let 'em pan me.

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I've found that prayers work best when you have big players.

I've found that prayers work best when you have big players.

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I'm getting sick and tired of doing anything half-way.

I'm getting sick and tired of doing anything half-way.

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I don't like to lose, and that isn't so much because it is just a football game, but because defeat means the failure to reach your objective.

I don't like to lose, and that isn't so much because it is just a football game, but because defeat means the failure to reach your objective.

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Generalities don't count and won't help you in football.

Generalities don't count and won't help you in football.

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Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes.

Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes.

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Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.

Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.

Knute Rockne
Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.

Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.

Knute Rockne
Courage means being afraid to do something, but still doing it.

Courage means being afraid to do something, but still doing it.

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Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.

Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.

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Boards, boards, boards.

Boards, boards, boards.

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At home we're the hosts, and I never liked the idea of being embarrassed in front of our friends.

At home we're the hosts, and I never liked the idea of being embarrassed in front of our friends.

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All the world loves a winner and has no time for a loser.

All the world loves a winner and has no time for a loser.

Knute Rockne
A coach's greatest asset is his sense of responsibility - the reliance placed on him by his players.

A coach's greatest asset is his sense of responsibility - the reliance placed on him by his players.

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An automobile goes nowhere efficiently unless it has a quick, hot spark to ignite things, to set the cogs of the machine in motion. So I try to make every player on my team feel he's the spark keeping our machine in motion.

Knute Rockne

I have to get the most energy out of a man and have discovered that it cannot be done if he hates another man. Hate blocks his energy and he isn't up to par until he eliminates it and develops a friendly feeling...(towards all his teammates.)

Knute Rockne