The Story Behind “The Gipper” Speech, the Greatest Pep Talk in Sports

George Gipp played fastback for Notre Dame. (Getty Images)

“Win One For the Gipper”. If you’re a fan of college football, you know that this was the one impassionate plea that rallied the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame to an improbable victory over the undefeated Army in 1928. But who was the Gipper and what was his story?