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Knute Kenneth Rockne was born on March 4 1888 in Voss Norway He first moved to Chicago at the age of 5 Nobody liked him there and he was in many fights Before football or even baseball Knute discovered skiing He loved it and went skiing every chance he got during the winter Knute was a natural athlete and excelled in all of the sports he tried He excelled in track making a name for himself later on Although he was always one of the shortest guys around Knute was one of the toughest The only protective gear he ever wore was adhesive tape that he stuck to his ears to prevent them from being torn off Knute often said Show me a good and gracious loser and Ill show you a failure Knute discovered the great game of football at the age of 7 He played in games against other teams his age The team he played on was called the Tricky Tigers All of the teams were sandlot teams Knute could not get enough of the sport He praticed every chance he got In fact the other boys thought him crazy for practicing so much This obsession almost got him an education Knute never made the starting team until he was a senior so he played on the scrubs team At the same time Knute tried playing many other sports His school attendance slipped and his grades became mediocre Persistence paid off and after 3 years on the scrubs Knute finally made it to the starting football team After this successful senior football season it was time for him to leave high school It was a wonder that he got into Notre Dame with his high school record At the age of 22 Rockne decided that he wanted to fulfill a dream That dream was to become a pharmacist and to eventually own his own drug store
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