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American Football

“We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or baseball game, we have taken part in it”....President John F. Kennedy

In addition to baseball, the game of football gained popularity at all levels of competition from youth to professional leagues throughout the twentieth century. One of American football’s most famous coaches at any level, Knute Rockne, achieved greatness as the head coach of the University of Notre Dame’s football team between 1918 and 1930. Rockne’s innovation and coaching skills combined with the athleticism of his players including the legendary offensive quartet, the Four Horsemen, led Notre Dame to six national championships and five undefeated seasons.

As football gained popularity in the United States from the 1930s onward, Rockne and his team set an example of hard work, focus and desire for victory that has inspired generations of Football players and coaches ever since.

22c Knute Rockne single

The 22-cent Knute Rockne stamp was issued March 9, 1988. (Scott 2376)

Scott 3184l

The 32-cent Four Horsemen of Notre Dame stamp was issued May 28, 1998 as part of the Celebrate The Century Series. (Scott 3184l)