gipperWikipedia defines loyalty as a faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause. Loyalty is a word thrown around often in sports today. What does it mean for a player to have loyalty? Is it just about never leaving one team for higher pay for another one? Is it about showing up and doing the right thing for the fans? Loyal players build character and also makes a franchise stronger. As we celebrate the spring season with baseball/softball day, some famous baseball players who come to mind are Bob Feller, Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter, Billy Martin, and Jackie Robinson.

To select a loyal football player, George Gipp would be top on the list. George Gipp was a regular person with outstanding athletic talent. He attended the Univeristy of Notre Dame on a baseball scholarship.  After goofing around with a football, the assistant football coach, Knute Rockne, noticed and recruited him to the football team. Fans went wild for Gipp, and he never let them down. Read Kathy-jo Wargin's Win one for the Gipper: America's Footfall Hero and develop a greater appreciation for the saying "Win One for the Gipper."

What did you learn from George Gipp?  How will you use the phrase, "Win one for the Gipper" some day?

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