Daily Archives: October 11, 2007

College Football News: What was that again, George Gipp?

Before Ronald Reagan became the fortieth President of the United States of America, he was a Hollywood actor.   He portrayed Notre Dame football legend George Gipp in Lloyd Bacon’s 1940 biopic Knute Rockne–All American.

And here’s some news about the ‘ol Gipper courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

Notre Dame football star Gipp’s body exhumed for DNA testing

By JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press Writer
October 10, 2007

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The body of George Gipp, the Notre Dame football player who inspired the rallying cry “Win one for the Gipper,” was exhumed recently for DNA testing in his Upper Peninsula hometown.

The test was sought by the Gipp family and met legal requirements, Houghton County Medical Examiner Dr. Dawn Nulf said Wednesday, although it angered some relatives who live in the area where Gipp was born and raised.

Nulf declined comment about why the request was made.

An ESPN crew filmed the exhumation for an upcoming story, but a spokesman said the network played no role in arranging it.

Gipp’s remains were taken Oct. 4 from Lake View Cemetery near the village of Laurium, about 550 miles northwest of Detroit, where he was buried in 1920 after dying from pneumonia and a strep infection during his senior year at Notre Dame. They were returned to the grave the same day, Nulf said.

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