Former Notre Dame football player George Gipp was exhumed recently to undergo DNA testing for an upcoming book on the legend’s life. Gipp, an All American, inspired the phrase “win one for the Gipper” after muttering it to coach Knute Rockne on his deathbed. ESPN was on hand to film the exhumation for an upcoming feature on the famed athlete, the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette reports.
Gipp died in 1920 at the age of 25 from complications from pneumonia and was immortalized by actor and future president Ronald Reagan in the 1940 movie “Knute Rockne All-American.” ESPN, taping for its planned newsmagazine show “E:60," played no part in the decision to exhume the body, a producer told the Gazette, which was done with the approval of a great-nephew. (Read more George Gipp stories.)