Knute Rocke is considered by most authorities as the greatest innovative football coach in history. He coached at the University of Notre Dame for thirteen years.

On March 31, 1931, Rockne was on Transcontinental and Western Airways (TWA) Flight 599 from Kansas City, Missouri to Los Angeles, California. The plane’s right wing snapped off and all eight passengers were killed in the ensuing crash.

When they found Rockne’s body in his cold dead right hand he was holding his personal Rosary Beads and Cross.